Engineering Week 2017
This week we have been celebrating 'Engineering Week 2017' with a huge array of activities to enrich and enhance our students’ curriculum.
To kick start our Monday morning we had a rotation of three activities for the Year 10 NCFE Engineering students; these involved rocket launching, bridge building and an inspirational talk from SSE.
Students worked in teams to build their rockets and bridges; the rockets were tested by launching them down the Science corridor by air pressure, and the bridges were tested using weighted mass to see whose was the strongest!
The SSE talk gave our Year 10 students an insight into the real world of Engineering; demonstrating the skills and qualifications required to be successful in this field.
Following this, all UTC Reading students were involved in a 'drop down morning' on Tuesday; a day in which students interacted with our industry partners, supporting them with career building and skills-based workshops. Students had the opportunity to work alongside companies such as Cisco, National Grid, NatWest and CGI.
All students also had the opportunity to hear inspirational talks in both the Computer Science and Engineering fields. Within Computer Science, Jon Black from ARM delivered a relevant and worthwhile talk, whilst in Engineering Kim Cave-Ayland informed us about her work at the Culham Fusion Centre for Energy.
The main event of the day was group mentoring. Professionals from industry gave up their valuable time to mentor small groups of Year 12 and 13 students within their specialisms, to contribute towards achieving the Duke of York Award.
During tutor time this week, tutors and students used the 'Tomorrows’ Engineers' resources to discuss real-world Engineering problems, such as overcoming living on other planets, and creating a more sustainable world. They used their knowledge of this to write speech bubbles explaining what Engineering career they want to achieve, or why they believe Engineering to be such an important subject. We posted these on Twitter using the Tomorrows’ Engineers hashtags #FromIdeaToCareer and #TKWeek17.
Later in the week, we had an exciting visit from an awesome Design Manager from Dyson. He was not your usual suit-wearing industry partner, which was refreshing for some of our younger students to see. Alongside displaying many Dyson products, he challenged the students with building a mechanical, functional bridge, within a certain budget, and with people that they would not usually work with. This reflects the real workings at Dyson, often prototyping products out of cardboard first, but still needing to consider the high technology, quality of the product and the cost of materials.
During the week, we were also lucky enough to have an Engineer from BMW deliver a talk to our Year 13 Engineers about Control Systems; linking to real-life examples. The week was a real success with all students gaining a better understanding and insight into the world of Engineering.