The Careers Department arranged a trip to Chessington World of Adventure. During this visit the focus and main activities were interactive talks delivered by members of staff from around the resort including but not limited to Zookeepers, Engineers, Ride operators, Marketing and Hospitality Officers. The members of staff gave talks about what their job involves, the path they took to be in the role (university, apprenticeships, work experience) and where possible demonstrated elements of their role. They also give pupils the opportunity to ask questions and take part in an educational workshops.
14 Y9 students attended a Step into Engineering half day event at WSP on Thursday 12th October. This half-day event hosted by WSP, gave an overview of the engineering industry, the skills needed by its future workforce and the variety of career opportunities available. Students were able to speak with professionals and find out about their career paths and take part in an interactive activity.
We have 4 Year 9 students attended Royal Institute Master Classes run by AWE. These were aimed at students to extend their knowledge past the curriculum, looking at team based tasks on a variety of different topics. One of our students Abitha N was in the winning group. As part of the prize she got a tour of the Orion facility at AWE and invited to attend Royal Institute Christmas Lectures in December 2017.
Rotary club. An event for schools in Basingstoke, which is a selection of challenges for both Key stage 3 and Key stage 4 students.
BP Challenge- The year 9 STEM club entered this year’s STEM challenge. 3 teams worked on the challenge of making rockets, looking at how different shapes and amounts of water could affect the trajectory of the rocket.
Tech future girls, run by the Tech partnership. It is specially aimed at girls to encourage them to maintain their interest in ICT by offering activities to appeal to them such as environment, security, crime solving, music, fashion and energy. We have 12 year 7s involved in this project and they are currently planning, designing and running a small shop.
STEM club for year 8, approximately 10 students from a range of sets. Looking at investigations on a variety of topics including antacids and water rockets. We will be using this to complete a bronze CREST award later this year.
Year 9 STEM club – entering the BP challenge to look at how to develop rockets with the purpose of rescue missions.
Bronze CREST award – a group of year 7’s in STEM club gained their Bronze CREST award. They completed a project looking at the science of chocolate. They investigated the properties of dark, white and milk chocolate. Alongside this they looked at the packaging for chocolate and why this makes a difference.
ENI engineering – A week’s work experience for five Year 10 students. They worked with an engineering based company based in Basingstoke which make oil pipe lines and designed a boat that could take up oil and deliver it to another ship.
Teentech – We took a team of year 9’s to the Basingstoke event. They took part in several challenges including looking at how banks ensure cyber security. The students also had time to discuss working in scientific areas, such as chemical engineering and biotechnology.