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.
Crew EJN and SHA joined forces on Thursday to watch the stories on this weeks episode of Newsround.
We discussed the following:
- New rules that Instagram have put in place about advertising dieting products. The pupils agreed with this rule and discussed positive body image and how social media can affect the way you feel about yourself.
- We spoke about Mrs Hannam’s favourite topic (not) … Brexit and our Prime Minister Boris Johnson. He has been asked to come up with a new Brexit solution before the end of September.
- Burger Kings decision to stop giving plastic toys out with their kids meals. The pupils agreed that this was a good idea and would help to reduce the use of plastic and help the environment.
- A swimmer called Sarah Thomas who swam for 54 hours (non stop!) for a total of 130 miles! Students said that she was extremely brave and showed lots of courage.
It was lovely to spend time together as crews and will look into joining forces again to discuss what is happening in the world.
Well done crew EJN and SHA!
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.