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Year 10 activity day

During half-term, 26 students who will be joining UTC Reading in Year 10 spent the day together, getting to know each other, taking part in team building activities and visiting associate partner Thames Water.

During half-term, 26 students who will be joining UTC Reading in Year 10 spent the day together, getting to know each other, taking part in team building activities and visiting associate partner Thames Water.

The first challenge of the day was to re-design and make Tower Bridge.

In six teams, students were given the measurements of the width of the Thames and the height and length of the bridge. The teams then had to build their new design to a scale of 1:150 of the real thing.

Equipment they could use included cardboard tubes, connectors and pins. Students had to cut the tubes to the correct length and drill holes in the ends so that the connectors could be pinned.

As our new students are coming from different schools, this was the first opportunity they had to meet each other and work together in their teams. There will be plenty more team work to get involved in from September as each company (Chips, Brunel, Faraday and Code) will have plenty of challenges to take part in!

The afternoon was spent with Thames Water at their Slough Sewage Treatment Works. Education Centres Manager Paul Hampton gave students a guided tour of the sewage works, explaining the processes and procedures that are carried out on site.

Students also participated in a scientific experiment to show how the methane gas from the sewage works expands.

If you have applied to UTC Reading, watch this space as there are more student activity days planned before September! 

  • Active Learning
  • Microsoft
  • Cisco
  • University of Reading
  • Network Rail
  • Peter Brett