Our industry partners are very involved in the UTC and throughout the year they set employer projects and challenges.
Project-based learning is a key part of life at the UTC. By working with an employer on an industry relevant project, you can build the relevant skill sets, plus meet industry standards and expectations which will prepare you for life in the workplace.
Here are just a few types of projects you could become involved in:
Microsoft app building challenge
Microsoft challenged students in each company to design a mobile app.
Students worked in teams in their company to create app concepts. Students presented their ideas to each other and the leadership team of each company decided on the best idea to take forward.
The final four company teams presented their concepts and prototypes to a panel of judges from Microsoft. This took place in the conference room to replicate a genuine business pitch. After delivering professional presentations and demonstrating their apps, teams faced some tough questions from the panel to make sure that their business idea was sound.
Peter Brett Associates train station redesign
All of our students took part in an employer project with Peter Brett Associates. Students worked with mentors from the organisation to redesign the old part of Reading’s train station. The project encompassed all parts of the curriculum from English and geography to science and IT.
As this project included the whole curriculum, it was fully integrated into day-to-day lessons and learning experiences. This meant that throughout the project, teachers aligned their classes with the project’s objectives and tasks, and Peter Brett Associates hosted off-site project days.
Thames Water challenge
Year 10 and Year 12 students got to experience what it would be like to plan and deliver water to a town in a challenge set by associate industry partner Thames Water.
Teams had to plan and budget how they would install water and sewage systems to their town. They were then given the parts that had been budgeted for and could build their network.
To keep the teams on their toes, Thames Water threw in a complaint or issue which had to be dealt with. This included a burst water pipe and contaminated land. Points were awarded for correct calculations, submitting documents on time, matching their network to the planned route, responses to interventions and demonstrating team work, communication and problem solving.
Filemaker and Fujitsu project day
Students specialising in computer science completed an engaging, fun and challenging project day that complimented their specialist BTEC qualification.
Students learnt how to use the Filemaker database software, including how to create an easy to use flat database which has a professional looking front end. Students were given a brief to build a database to test the functionality and efficiency of Fujitsu CELVIN NAS storage devices. Students had to present their findings back to the experts in a series of presentations.