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Educational charity seeks minerals students

INDEPENDENT educational charity The Smallpeice Trust has launched its new 2009 course timetable and is now seeking students to sample its ‘taster’ engineering courses. Each four-day course is designed to attract and encourage students who have an interest or natural flair in science, maths, design or technology to consider a career in engineering.

Among the wide range of subsidized four-day residential courses on offer next year are two on mining and minerals, both sponsored by Anglo American and Rio Tinto, which will give 15-to-17-year-old students the opportunity to discover how mining and quarrying underpins much ofmodern life, and how technology is used to limit the impact of theseactivities on the environment.

The first mining and minerals course will take place at the Universityof Exeter from 20–23 July 2009 and will include a day at theunderground facilities at Camborne School of Mines and also visits to alocal quarry and the Eden Project’s new educational centre.

The second mining and minerals course will take place at theUniversity of Leeds from 27–30th July 2009 and will include a visit toone of the UK’s largest limestone quarries, to witness a modernoperation in action.

On both courses students will have the opportunity to learn howminerals are found, extracted, handled and processed using the latesttechnology, and will gain a greater understanding of the wide range ofcareer prospects that can be explored.

The mining and minerals courses cost £50 for four days full board,including all course materials and supervised social activities.Application forms can be accessed by clicking on the web link below andwill be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.


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