Faraday Challenge

On Thursday the 23rd of January teams of students from The Leigh UTC, Longfield Academy and Mascalls Academy took part in the Faraday Challenge, which is run by the Institution of Engineering and Technology. This is an annual STEM competition for students aged 12-13 where, in teams of 6, they are tasked with solving a real world challenge.
 
All of the students involved where completely engaged from the word go and came up with some amazing ideas.
 
After many hours of working together planning, problem solving and constructing each team gave a short presentation to outline what they had made and how they thought their day had gone.
 
It was a close competition with the final scores being 70, 71 and 72 with Mascalls Academy just coming out front.
 
It was a thoroughly enjoyable day for all involved and we would all like to thank The Leigh UTC for hosting.


Year 9 Leigh UTC Aspire Programme

Year 9 Leigh UTC Aspire Students visiting St Hugh’s College #OxfordUniversity, learning about life at the college.
 
Thanks to the Leigh Academies Trust #Aspire Programme for an incredible opportunity.
 
#FutureGoals #Awareness #AcademyCollaboration


Cyber First Girls Competition 2020 Overview

The CyberFirst Girls Competition aims to support girls interested in a career in cyber security.

 We’re developing the UK’s next generation of cyber professionals through our student bursaries, courses for 11-17 year olds and competitions.

The competition is aimed at Year 8 girls in England and Wales, Year 9 in Northern Ireland and S2 in Scotland. We made a deliberate shift in age group in 2018 to give as many girls as possible the opportunity to find out more about cyber security with a view to potentially influencing the subjects they take at GCSE (or equivalent).

The content for each category of the competition is consistent with subjects within the Computer Science syllabus from both the National Curriculum and Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence. However, the competition will contain some advanced cyber topics that are not covered in traditional education but will seek to stretch the lateral thinking and additional cyber knowledge of the teams.

Cyber First at the Leigh UTC

This year we entered three teams of girls from year 8 into the competition. We did not have much time to get ready as the deadline was looming. So a big congratulations to the girls for completing the competition and especially the team that have got through to the semi-final in LORCA (London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement) at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on February 8th.

The girls are up against some of the best schools in the southeast, so again well done to them. They are now in practice for the challenge ahead working on their cyber security skills. I have no doubt they will do us proud.




LAT academies participate in the first Made in Bluewater Challenge

Tuesday 14th January saw the launch of the Made in Bluewater Challenge. Hosted at the Bluewater Management Suite and facilitated by the Ahead Partnership, the launch saw teams of year 10 students from the Leigh UTC, Longfield Academy and The Leigh Academy attend to gain new insights and skills that will help them to complete the challenge which is very much focussed on sustainability.

David, Marketing Manager for Bluewater, tells students about the centre, it’s history and ethos

 

 

 

 

 

Students first came together to gain a background on the centre itself and to receive a brief for the competition to come.

Over the next few weeks, they will work on ideas to design a refillable bottle design for Bluewater , a social media campaign, a presentation and a marketing pitch. Akin to one of the tasks in the BBCs T.V programme, The Apprentice, the winning team will go on to work with a top London design agency to bring their designs to life and 200 bottles will be produced for students to sell at Bluewater with profits going to a charity of their choice.

 

Georgie of The Ahead Partnership runs through detail of the competition with Students 

Students first came together to gain a background on the centre itself and to receive a brief for the competition to come.

Over the next few weeks, they will work on ideas to design a refillable bottle design for Bluewater , a social media campaign, a presentation and a marketing pitch. Akin to one of the tasks in the BBCs T.V programme, The Apprentice, the winning team will go on to work with a top London design agency to bring their designs to life and 200 bottles will be produced for students to sell at Bluewater with profits going to a charity of their choice.

Explaining that Land Securities, owners of Bluewater, have run similar competitions at their shopping centres elsewhere in the U.K, students were also shown examples of previous winning designs. The focus here is on simplicity of design.

 

 Students then broke into academy groups to participate in three masterclasses:

  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Environmental sustainability

 

 

 

 

 

The final of the challenge will be held on March 10th and we very much look forward to seeing the results of the students work!



The Matrix Challenge

Students from year 7, 8 and 10 took part in an interactive challenge during the after school computing club last week. The Matrix Challenge is a cyber security activity aimed at 11-17 year olds.

The game takes around 30 minutes to complete and covers 5 key topics, CMA 1990, staying safe online, steganography, fault finding in lines of code and cracking a cipher. The
challenge also included a timed multiple choice quiz.

 

 



Health and Wellbeing Day Assembly

Dr Phil Bright , STEM  Ambassador and lecturer at The European School of Osteopathy, was invited to the school to talk to our students about the benefits of ”  Physical Activity ” on good health and mental well being .

He talked through statistics for the 11 – 14 age group , showing scientific evidence  to demonstrate the correlation and clearly explained the many ways that physical activity can be improved.  

Dr Bright provided a number of apps for students to help plan a healthy lifestyle, and answered many intelligent questions from our students, to enable them to start healthy habits at a young age, and prepare them for well being later in life.



Build A University Workshop

One of our business partners the University of Kent delivered a Build a University Workshop for all year 7 students throughout the day on Monday 20 January.

The University of Kent’s Build a University workshop was an hour long session and designed for students in year 7 . The workshop served as an introduction to higher education and aids in raising aspirations for all students.