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UTC Reading newsletter June 2017

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

Student beats over 40,000 competitors to secure place at World MOS Championships

A student from UTC Reading is heading to Disneyland California as the UK and Ireland champion for MOS PowerPoint.

Jonathan Foot, Year 12 UTC Reading student, was invited to take part in the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Four Nations Championships on Tuesday 13 June, representing England in PowerPoint. Jonathan was chosen based on having achieved one of the highest MOS exam results in England.

Students learn how failure can lead to success

For the second time, UTC Reading has successfully run Risk-Taking and Problem-Solving Week.

The purpose of this week is to develop the skills needed to approach the new (9-1) GCSE Maths problem-solving questions. The aim is for students to learn that successful problem-solving relies heavily on trial and improvement techniques developed as a result of failure made throughout.

Kim Cave-Ayland delivers final IET Women in STEM talk of the year

On Monday 5 June our IET Women in STEM talks were brought to a close by Kim Cave-Ayland from the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy.

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. 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.

Industry and education collaborate at CITB Hub

UTC Reading ran CITB Hub on Wednesday 7 June, providing the opportunity for representatives from the construction industry to meet with local education providers to discuss apprenticeships and training.

Employers from Francis Construction, PBA, Norwegian Log and Telnik Roofing were joined at the event by representatives from Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), Activate Learning, Thames Valley Construction Training Association, The Oxfordshire Construction Training Group and UTC Reading.

UTC Reading science department inspire PGCE students by developing practical skills

UTC Reading recently hosted six PGCE science students from the University Reading for a two-week enrichment, focused on improving practical skills.

Each year, schools that are involved with the Reading University teacher-training programme can offer a two-week enrichment. This year the science department at UTC Reading decided to run an enrichment developing practical skills in science, having felt that trainee teachers don’t often have the chance to develop these skills throughout their busy training year.

UTC Reading hosts inspiring Google Developers meetup

On 25 May, UTC Reading hosted a Google I/O 2017 Extended and Kaggle workshop for members of the Thames Valley Google Developers Group.

Google I/O is an annual developer festival held by Google in California. The Extended and Kaggle workshop featured selected highlights from Google I/O and a Kaggle codelab run by Julia MacMillan, Data Science masters student.

Industry and education unite for final STEMhub of the year

On Tuesday 14 March, local representatives from industry and education attended our final STEMhub of the academic year.

Representatives from Kier, Engineering UK, Rockwell Collins, Winchester Science Centre and University of Reading attended to network with various schools from the local area, all with the aim of collaborating to enrich the quality of STEM education for children.

Keep in touch

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