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UTC Reading newsletter July 2017

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

UTC Reading students take on national field gun competition

From 2-7 July, 18 UTC Reading students’ skills were put to the test as they competed in the Royal Navy Junior Leaders Field Gun Competition in Portsmouth.

Each day they were required to complete several hours of training, with their “Number 1 Trainer” Kevin Laing, helping them to determine the best way to work as a team. They stayed on board HMS Bristol throughout the week, which was brought to a close with an afternoon of competing against teams from other schools and colleges on the final day.

UTC Reading wins Reading Cultural Award

UTC Reading has been awarded a Reading Cultural Award for 2017 following taking part in last December's Light Up Reading event.

Alex Brannen, Communications Manager for Reading UK CIC, said: "For Reading UK CIC, the Reading Cultural Awards are a public demonstration of the vibrancy of Reading’s cultural scene. As a winner of a Reading Cultural Award, you are a great ambassador for Reading and we look forward to continuing to work with you over the next 12 months to showcase arts and culture in Reading."

UTC Reading runs Skills Building Week

Students recently spent a week taking part in a variety of workshops to build a range of useful skills in UTC Reading's "Skills Building Week".

The week began with research and training for professional qualifications. Students got started with training for the Duke of York iDEA programme, working their way towards bronze Duke of York Inspiring Digital Enterprise Awards (iDEA). Other workshops included soft skills training and a first aid course led by representatives from St. John’s Ambulance.

UTC Reading and UTC Swindon staff collaborate at SLT conference

UTC Reading and UTC Swindon's Senior Leadership Teams came together on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 July for a conference, giving them the opportunity to share best practice and plan together for the next academic year.

Joanne Harper, Executive Principal at UTC Reading and UTC Swindon, commented: “The conference was a fantastic opportunity to bring the two UTC teams together and share experiences, ideas and expertise. It is working together in this way that highlights the positive impact that working together in a multi Academy Trust, such as ALET can bring. At the end of the two days everyone left feeling positive and looking forward to the year ahead.”

Students take VIP tour of Cisco headquarters

20 students were recently invited to Cisco's headquarters in Bedfont Lakes, celebrating their fantastic project work in this year's Cisco IoT World Project.

The visit included a VIP tour, virtual reality experience and “fruit ninja” game.

Students get creative in Honeywell User Experience Design Studio

A group of Year 10 Smart Product Design students were selected to go on a reward trip as a part of activities week.

The day began with a briefing from one of Honeywell’s Global Product Managers, John Bradshaw, who gave some information about the company and the types of products they make. Following the morning briefing, students entered the Honeywell User Experience Design Studio; a fantastic open space for creative design thinking and collaborative working.

Induction day success for September applicants

We were delighted to welcome our new students for September to UTC Reading for their induction days earlier this month.

Our new Year 10 and Year 12 students were given introductions to the courses they will be studying in September, before taking part in some exciting hands-on projects. This included a rocketry competition and animation project.

Students make models and transport tomatoes for science activity day

On Thursday 13 July, Year 10 students took part in a science activity day as part of the British Science Association's CREST Award scheme.

The science department ran three projects throughout the day, including Model Making, Stop the Spread and Tomato Transport.

At the end of the day, students exhibited and presented their project ideas in the hall as part of the CREST Award.

Students are given an insight into the history of computing

A group of Maths students recently visited the National Computer Museum at Bletchley Park.

Students were able to see the reconstruction of the first computer 'Colossus' and the Lorenz telex coding system, as well as a range of old IBM and HP computers.

They were also given a Python Code challenge to write an encipher and decipher programme.

Students learn networking with support from Cisco

On Thursday 6 July, a group of UTC Reading students completed an online training course in networking.

The training took place over three days and included routing, security and Cisco Meraki, the leader in cloud-controlled WiFi.

Keep in touch

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