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UTC Reading newsletter April 2017

Welcome to the April edition of the UTC newsletter. Take a look at the range of exciting activities that have been taking place.

Engineering Core Project comes to a close

Engineering students have been celebrating success following their final presentations of this year’s engineering Core Project.

The students were tasked with using wearable technology to address the challenges faced by the engineering industry, identifying how Fujitsu wearable technology can be used to solve problems faced by the industry partner leading their project.

After presenting their projects to industry partners last month, the winning team was announced.

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Cisco Core Project winners announced

This year’s engaging computing Core Project, run by our lead industry partner Cisco, was brought to a successful close last month as teams of students presented their project results to Cisco employees at an IoT Expo.

The project was based on the Internet of Things (IoT), entitled "IoT World". Students were tasked with building and programming IoT solutions using Raspberry Pi technology and understanding how these solutions are applied in industry.

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UTC Reading student wins Young Engineer for Britain award

We are delighted that Year 12 UTC Reading student Adam Carter has won a Young Engineer for Britain award.

Young Engineer for Britain (YEB) is a STEM competition and educational enrichment programme. YEB challenge school students to use their imagination to design and develop an exciting and original idea, system or research project, based on a genuine need.

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Year 10 engineers challenged by Smallpeice Trust

Year 10 students recently took part in an engineering challenge run by Smallpeice Trust.

Smallpeice Trust, a charity which promotes careers in engineering, tasked students with designing and constructing a wind turbine in order to produce the greatest possible amount of electricity.

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UTC Reading celebrates success

Before the Easter break, UTC Reading held an event to celebrate the achievements of our students.

Awards were presented for the highest number of positive bytes (postitive behaviour marks), attendance levels, punctuality and attitude to learning.

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Royal Navy prepare students for Field Gun Challenge

A team of UTC Reading students have entered the Royal Navy Junior Leaders Field Gun Challenge.

The Royal Navy recently visited UTC Reading to present to students about the history of the competition, what it will entail and why they should be interested in entering. They brought a field gun with them and demonstrated what the competitors will need to do during the competition.

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Eat. Sleep. STEM. Repeat.

The whole of UTC Reading recently participated in a viewing of the documentary Eat. Sleep. STEM. Repeat.

The documentary is based on the idea that "you can’t be what you can’t see" and helping to increase the visibility of women in STEM careers to the general public.

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Student volunteers as IET Student Ambassador

UTC Reading student Heena Hussain has volunteered to become the IET's Student Ambassador at UTC Reading.

Heena wanted to get involved with an organisation that can bring professional groups together and help members to progress and develop in their careers.

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STEM Learning magazine: Gain a unique insight

UTC Reading's STEM Co-ordinator, Lewis Hutchinson, features in the latest edition of STEM Learning magazine.

In the article, Lewis describes his experience with Syngenta, a world-leading agrochemical business, on STEM Learning's STEM Insight programme.

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UTC Reading demonstrates highly coordinated alignment between school and employers

UTC Reading is delighted to have been featured in a recent publication by the Royal Academy of Engineering entitled "Learning to be an Engineer: Implications for the education system."

The report explores how engineering habits of mind – the thinking characteristics, skills and attributes of engineers – can be integrated in the real world of busy schools and colleges to engage the next generation of engineers.

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Group champions real-world approach to engineering learning

Two members of the Activate Learning group have shaped a research project aimed at attracting more young people into engineering.

UTC Reading and Reading College both feature in the Learning to be an Engineer report, published by the Royal Academy of Engineering.

The report, just released, argues that the UK could attract more young people into STEM subjects by focusing less on academic knowledge and more on developing the thought processes and attitudes of engineers.

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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.

Year 10 application form

Year 12 application form

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