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UTC Reading newsletter May 2017

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

Kathie Bowden inspires through latest IET Women in STEM talk

On Monday 8 May we were delighted to welcome Kathie Bowden, who came to UTC Reading to deliver an inspiring talk on her career in STEM (science technology, engineering and mathematics).

Kathie Bowden is from the Institute of Environmental Analytics at the University of Reading and is currently seconded to the UK Space Agency. She spoke to UTC Reading staff, students and visitors about why she decided to enter into a STEM career and how that decision has got her to where she is today.

Chocolate factory challenges introduce primary schools to engineering

UTC Reading has hosted another two successful Children and the Chocolate Factory workshops this year.

Pupils from local primary schools worked in small teams on a challenge set by Thames Water, to design and build their own mini water network to supply a fictional chocolate factory opening in their town.

Cisco run exclusive event for UTC Reading applicants

UTC Reading ran an exclusive event for prospective students wanting to specialise in computing at Cisco, one of our lead partners.

The evening for applicants began with a presentation by Cisco employees about the work of the company. Apprentices, including UTC Reading alumni, then outlined their experiences of working for Cisco and the company’s project work with UTC Reading students.

Revision made fun as local schools collaborate

On Monday 8 May, UTC Reading welcomed students from The Watford UTC and Easthamstead Park School to a joint revision session for GCSE computing.

The aim of the day was to give students a different and enjoyable way to revise for their upcoming exams.

Applicants welcomed to exclusive PBA event

Students who have registered to join UTC Reading in September and who are interested in specialising in engineering were invited to attend an exclusive event with Peter Brett Associates (PBA), one of our lead partners.

Visitors to PBA were given an insight into the different aspects of the company’s work, demonstrating potential exciting career opportunities available to students from UTC Reading. PBA also organised a series of teambuilding activities for the students who attended, including bridge building with coffee stirrers.

UTC Reading hosts supportive autism event

UTC Reading recently hosted an informative and supportive evening for people with an interest in autism.

The event was introduced by Caroline Hearst, an autism trainer who offers consultations and runs support groups and programmes for autistic adults. Caroline has qualifications in art psychotherapy, librarianship and teaching adults. She was on hand at the UTC Reading event to offer advice and support to parents.

Other speakers included James Cody, an employee of one of our local engineering partners, and Nicola Holloway, parent of a UTC Reading student.

Prospective students attend exclusive event at University of Reading

Prospective UTC Reading students were given the opportunity to take part in an inspiring partner event at the University of Reading.

The event was for students planning to join us in September who wish to specialise in Science or A-levels. Along with their parents, they were given the opportunity to gain an insight into the work of the University of Reading and the collaboration between the university and UTC Reading.

UTC Reading hosts race to the F1 in Schools final

Four primary schools were recently represented by nine teams of students at the F1 in Primary Schools Regional Final at UTC Reading. Students were competing for the chance to reach the national finals in July and were judged by representatives from Microsoft, Keysight Technologies, Alan Ward Consulting, The IET, CITB and ECITB.

IET Women in STEM talk: Kim Cave-Ayland, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy

UTC Reading is working with the IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology), hosting a series of talks on Women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

This talk will be delivered by Dr Kim Cave-Ayland, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, on 5 June at 4.15pm. At the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, engineers and physicists are working to create a safe, low-pollution power source that could change the world forever. When the team of engineers and physicists at Culham fire up their reactor, they create plasma hotter than the centre of the Sun and for a few brief moments, Culham becomes the hottest single point in the solar system. Dr Kim Cave-Ayland is an engineer working on the systems that keep plasma under control and safely in the confines of the reactor. She shall be talking about her experiences in this industry and passing on any tips she has for budding engineers!

This event is aimed at young people, parents and anyone interested in engineering careers.

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

Keep in touch

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Twitter: @UTCReading

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