Earlier this year, the year 10 Engineering students were challenged to solve a problem which was affecting classrooms across the XP trust. We currently have Apple TV boxes tucked behind screens in around 100 classrooms, and they need to be safely attached to a wall. The Engineers began a process of designing and testing prototype Apple TV holders around 6 weeks ago. They calculated the most efficient use of time and materials and last week were ready to put their theory into practice! After some initial fails and a bit of critique, the students settled into their self chosen roles. During this week’s session they refined the production line further, and they increased their production speed from 1 completed holder last time, to 15 in this session. We’re hoping to ramp up production considerably and hit our target of 100 completed units by the end of the term. The students are really motivated to be working on something that will have a positive impact on not just our school community here, but also across the trust.
As part of their immersion tasks this week, Admiral will be using aluminium drinks cans as a material for some art work. If you have any undented, rinsed drinks cans at home it would be helpful if you could bring some in for your sessions on Monday and Thursday
A number of students from X24 have been working extremely hard both in lesson and also in the completion of their extended study. They have completed these tasks to a high standard and also made sure that they have been handed in on time.
The students that I would like to give a special mention to are Alfie Lockey (X24 Admiral), Bella Herring (X24 Skipper) and Amber Clark (X24 Skipper) who have all finished the two studies (paper cut and sharpie block design) in class and also their extended study (Artist research).
All three of these students are now well on the way to creating a lovely charcoal study for their developing and exciting art portfolio.
Well done Alfie, Amber and Bella! Keep up the good work!
X24 have been giving kind, specific and helpful peer critiques to each other to make improvements to create beautiful work.
They have been looking at lino cuts by an artist called Karl Schmidt. They have chosen two different designs to produce two A3 designs:
- One using a black sharpie pen on white paper
- One using a craft knife to carefully cut back paper.
X24 Started their new STEAM expedition on Friday with their first immersion challenge: Building and testing air powered rockets. We had a fun session with paper, card and tape before going outside to fire the rockets using our custom made compressed air launcher. The expedition title and Guiding Question will be revealed early next week!
Skipper have been set some work on the regeneration of Sir Nigel Gresley square. This is due in on Wednesday 24th April. All the details are on Google classroom.
X24 students will be out on fieldwork for two days next week.
On Tuesday 2nd April we will be travelling to Sheffield as part of the immersion for our new STEAM expedition. The fieldwork will take place during the day so students should arrive at school at the normal time. Lunch will be provided.
On Wednesday 3rd April we will be on Humanities fieldwork but will need to leave school at 8am and will arrive back at 4.15pm Students will need to bring a packed lunch and should have coats and sensible shoes for walking outside as there will be a 10 minute walk from the coach stop to our destination.
Nine students from E24, X24 and X23 took time out from their relaxing half term break today to come along to the Teen Tech event held at the National College for High Speed Rail and hosted by Maggie Philbin.
We met and worked with engineers, scientists and technology designers to complete a series of challenges throughout the day. Freddi managed to breakdown and reassemble a mechanical seal in one of the fastest times of the day and all our students presented their idea for an Eco Bubble, a device that would allow damaged areas of coral reef or other endangered habitats to recover whilst offering a relaxing VR experience for virtual holiday makers!
We really enjoyed the day and gained some insights into careers in Science, Technology and Engineering.
It’s fantastic to see our X24 students working so hard during our first week back. Praise butterflies this week were awarded to Isaac, Vinnie, Aaisha, Chris, Jaggy, Courtney, Kyra, Bella, Charlotte, Milla, Charlie and Harpreet. Butterflies were awarded by staff and by students for consistent hard work, being kind, showing compassion and in one case – for being epic!
Well done everyone!