UTC Reading students use technical skills to deliver first live-streamed Open Event online
UTC Reading held their first virtual live-streamed open event on Tuesday 7 July, produced by a group of Year 12 students.
The event, streamed from YouTube, was filmed live from inside the school, cutting away to different members of staff, talking about their department areas and offering a glimpse into the modern, high tech facilities.
The event also featured talks from students, alumni and employer partners, giving a real flavour for what’s on offer at UTC Reading.
The students that ran the event host the UTC’s radio station, UTCRLive, and used this as a great opportunity to put their skills into action.
Year 12 student, Benji, said: “Our Principal, Jon, is always looking at new ways of doing things and was thinking about how we could enhance our Open Events to represent our innovative spirit.
“Initially, the plan was simply to have Jon walking around streaming from his phone. Of course, this isn’t the UTC way! We engaged a number of companies in industry to put this event together and hired some high-tech filming equipment.
“I setup my own company, XFour IT a year ago, initially developing websites for small businesses and we’ve now expanded our offering with event production, so I was keen to manage this project.
“The team and I at XFour worked tirelessly to rig up the school into a makeshift video production studio consisting of both a studio and a roaming camera. This all came together to create an event that encapsulated both the spirit and uniqueness of the UTC.
“It was a brilliant opportunity for all involved, allowing my team of students to get hands-on experience with industry standard equipment and procedures. Alongside this, I gained valuable business planning experience, learning about the health and safety responsibility I face as a company director, as well as the requirement of things like insurance. On top of all of this, it was really fun to participate in!”
The students did a fantastic job, receiving high praise from all who watched it.
If you missed it, you can watch the YouTube video back, here: