Maths Builder Workshop with BAM

On the 30th of November, year 10 students were involved in a practical workshop involving cross-curricular learning in an employer led environment. June Wilkinson, an education consultant from BAM construction, ran the session with problems solving tasks related to the construction industry, which exposed students to an application of their learning at the UTC.

Upon feedback, all of the students involved thoroughly enjoyed the activity and have expressed interest in doing something similar again. Students learnt that leadership and teamwork are paramount to the success of the outcomes, and  were clearly able to make the links between the task with engineering, maths, science and product design. Crucially they were able to articulate how this links directly to developing skills in supporting their GCSE and

BTEC subjects, discussing the problem solving element as well as the core subjects required. Students won certificates for various attributes that we look for at the UTC, which were presented by our Assistant Principal, Carina Lindars, and Penny Matthews, who also introduced our Challenger Trust reward system

Miles Mulligan- Individual effort

Edward Williams- Resilience

Ben Beadle- Leadership

Reece Everitt, Michael Webb, Amira Taylor, Callum Bundock- Teamwork

“It makes me understand how much maths I will need to achieve my engineering qualifications”

“It helped me to realise that if you make a mistake the cost can be expensive”

“Its given us an insight  on what we should expect when working in the real world.

“It taught us  a lot because it’s complicated and challenging”

Quotes from students

“I enjoyed working with Year 10 students today on the Maths Builder Challenge. The students were able to apply a range of mathematical disciplines to the fun challenge of building a Lego house. The activity helped students to understand some of the different roles in the construction industry and tested their employability skills, for example, team work and problem solving. I am looking forward to working with more students during the construction of the Inspiration Academy.”

June Wilkinson

Education and Community Co-ordinator – South East |BAM Construction Ltd