Year 10's Origins at Shrewsbury College

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Year 10 GCSE Food Technology students visited Origins, Shrewsbury College's restaurant on Thursday 8th June.  The students had a tour of the restaurant kitchen and the skills classroom at the London Road Campus.  This was followed by a lovely meal that had been prepared by second year catering staff.  

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Primary Engineering Celebration Day

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Our partner primary schools have been kept busy this year undertaking an engineering challenge set by the Design and Technology department. Each competing school were provided with a starter kit which contained materials required to undertake the challenge. The materials were kindly provided by the South Shropshire Engineering Ambassadors who have been providing further support within school to those undertaking the challenge. The ambassadors have also been heavily involved in delivery of the challenge in schools and the celebration day which took place this term. The celebration day included workshops ran by Mouchel, local civil engineers who look after Shropshire roads.

The challenge was to design, develop and build a machine which features pneumatic based moving parts. The machine must be designed to help the construction industry in some way. The aim of the programme is that boys and girls, from an early age, will aspire to become designers and makers – the engineers of the future.

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A celebration day was held in June to showcase the work the pupils had produced with each school competing against each other to determine an overall winner. Primary schools from Bishops Castle, Berriew, Bucknell, Clunbury, Hope, Lydbury North, Onny, Norbury and St Georges Clun all took part in the challenges.

All the schools involved had done a fantastic job when under taking the challenge and did equally well when completing the engineering challenges during the celebration day. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in the organisation of the challenge and all the pupils who took part.

Mr McMahon

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The Great ‘Great Escape’

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On Monday 12th June, all our Year 7s went to the newly relocated Great Escape for a day of outward bound challenges. The difference with this particular visit was that it also involved all our Year 6 pupils from local primary schools, about 140 young people in total. The weather was kind, albeit a bit blustery and cool, and spirits were high. After an interesting journey up the single track, courtesy of M&J, no time was wasted forming mixed-aged teams and getting stuck into the activities. Whether they were trying to build block towers using a human crane, or attempting to cross shark infested waters using only barrels and boards, or crate-stacking, or one of the other many activities, all of them required communication, ideas and teamwork. I am not sure the relay at the end was the highlight of the day, but everybody went home tired and satisfied.

The event was laid on by our Learning Trust (and free of charge to students), and we need to thank Juliet Morgan in particular for pulling the event together. Thanks also to Mark at Great Escape and his staff for interacting so well with the students. It was a great day.

 

Btec Engineering visit to Shrewsbury College Engineering Centre

 

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In preparation for their studies next year, students in Year 9 who will be going on to study Btec Engineering were invited to visit Shrewsbury College for the launch of their refurbished Engineering and Automotive Centre. The aim of the visit was to give students an insight into the type of work they will undertake as part of their Engineering course and allow them to consider future education options available to them in the coming years.

The session included activities in welding and virtual welding, robotics, machining metals and 3D printing. This was a fantastic opportunity for students to access activities relating to both engineering and careers, developing their skills and knowledge to allow them to succeed in their futures.

I would like to thank Shrewsbury College for providing the opportunity to utilise their state of the art facilities and hope that the experience has inspired our budding engineers.

Mr McMahon

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