UTC Reading newsletter March 2017
Welcome to the March edition of the UTC newsletter. Take a look at the range of exciting activities that have been taking place.
UTC Reading takes home three awards following Royal Navy Challenge
HMS Sultan recently welcomed UTC students from across England to take part in the Royal Navy Young Engineers Challenge – Operation Amphibious Angel 2017.
Themed around the Royal Navy’s role of providing disaster relief, the students were tasked with designing a remote controlled vehicle capable of operating on land and water, negotiating dangerous debris and retrieving vital supplies from a safe location and delivering them to the affected island.
A total of 15 UTC Reading students took part, forming three teams, and we were delighted to see each team bring back an award.
UTC Reading students invited to the House of Lords
Two UTC Reading engineering students were recently given a unique opportunity to visit the House of Lords.
The post-16 students, Jaedyn Orange and Emma Clarke, accompanied Lewis Hutchinson, STEM Co-ordinator, to London for an all-party parliamentary group seminar.
IET Women in STEM series continues with Nadia Farhan
UTC Reading recently hosted the second talk in a series on Women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
Nadia Farhan, HR Manager at Cisco, spoke at UTC Reading about her career path from school through to Cisco. She explained how she changed routes and followed the path that felt right for her, emphasising that “nothing is more powerful than the human network”.
Industry partners interview students for gold awards
Over 70 UTC Reading students were interviewed by volunteers from Microsoft earlier this month, as part of their applications for the Duke of York Gold Award for Technical Education.
The interviews consisted of a variety of questions to find out about how students solve problems, to understand technical projects they have undertaken, how they take responsibility for completing tasks or processes and their plans for the future.
UTC Reading hosts Google Developers Group: TensorFlow and Kubernetes
UTC Reading was honoured to host such a meeting of minds on 23 March, as Gus Maskowitz from Google gave a compelling talk on the capabilities of cloud computing, and Perusha delivered a demo using the new Google Home device. This was specially shipped in from the recent San Francisco launch and programmed in front of our eyes, and it worked first time! Students joined seasoned developers to learn more about this explosion in innovation and how Artificial Intelligence is able to impact on business.
We are looking forward to the next event at UTC Reading (to be announced).
Computing students get creative at IET Arduino Club
As a result of UTC Reading’s strong partnership with the IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology), we have been running a weekly “IET Arduino Club” for computing students.
For one hour per week, 20 students are able to build something of their choice using Arduino kits, which were generously donated to UTC Reading by the IET. The IET funded the Arduino kits to nurture innovation at UTC Reading and enable students to develop their technical skills.
RAF code-breaking challenge
We were delighted to welcome the RAF to UTC Reading on Tuesday 7 March for an exciting workshop with Year 10 students.
Students were divided into teams and given various tasks throughout the session testing their problem-solving, teamwork and code-breaking skills.
UTC Reading livestreams launch of Google Cloud Next
We were delighted to be able to host a Google Developers Group Meetup at UTC Reading on Wednesday 8 March, marking the launch of Google Cloud Next.
Google Cloud Next is Google’s new cloud computing solution. UTC Reading livestreamed the launch straight from San Francisco to a group of Google Developers Group members and UTC Reading students. Read more to see the keynote from the launch.
Students challenge stereotypes on International Women’s Day
On Thursday 9 March, a group of female UTC Reading students took part in a workshop to mark International Women’s Day.
The workshop, entitled “People Like Me”, was part of an initiative by The WISE Campaign (Women Into Science and Engineering), challenging stereotypes that STEM subjects are just for boys.
Students inspired by maths event
A group of Year 12 UTC Reading students joined a Maths Inspiration Event at the Hexagon Theatre last month.
Over 600 students from across the UK attended the show to hear inspirational speakers deliver talks, demonstrating how mathematics can be fun and entertaining.
Cisco prepares students for professional qualification
A team of Cisco engineers, including a UTC Reading alumna, is running a series of practical sessions with current Year 13 computing students this term.
Our students are working towards a Cisco qualification (CCNA1 for Routing and Switching), which includes a series of online tests and a practical exam at the end of the year. The Cisco engineers are running sessions between now and then to help students prepare for the exam and build on their networking skills.
Education and industry unite at STEMhub
On Tuesday 14 March, we hosted our second STEMhub of the academic year.
Representatives from the Army, Kier, CBEBP, Rockwell Collins and Engineering UK attended to network with various schools from the local area, including Reading Girls’ School, Church End Academy, Leighton Park School and the Woodley Primary Cluster, all with the aim of collaborating to enrich the quality of STEM education for children.
Network Rail presents valuable work experience opportunities
On Wednesday 15 March, two representatives from industry partner, Network Rail, delivered a talk to our Year 12 students about work experience opportunities.
Aleksandra Parker and Harriet Fowler spoke to our students about the options available to them for completing a week of work experience in summer. They have offered eight places to UTC Reading students so far.
What's it like to study at UTC Reading?
Get an insight into what it’s like to study at UTC Reading on our Explore lessons at UTC Reading page.
You can also hear from our current students about what it's like to study at UTC Reading by watching our “Take Five” videos. Each film poses five questions to UTC Reading students. They can be found on the What our students say section of our website or on our YouTube channel.
Application deadline - limited spaces available for Year 12
The Year 10 application deadline for 2017 has now passed and any applications received will be placed on our waiting list.
The initial deadline for Year 12 has also passed and offers are being made, but we do have limited places available and will be making further offers before Easter.
Keep in touch
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