2016 - December 2016

Pupils at Outwood Academy Carlton enter Teentech City of Tomorrow competition 07/12/16

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Year 7 pupils at Outwood Academy Carlton are one of three schools in the Barnsley area who recently entered the Teentech City of Tomorrow competition. Teentech was delivered in partnership with Barnsley Council’s “I Know I Can” initiative and the competition lets students apply their knowledge of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) to create their own vision of a city. The activity highlights career pathways in construction, engineering and technology.

To enter the City of Tomorrow competition, students had to design a domestic or civic building from recycled materials (all within a budget of £10) the footprint of which would fit onto a piece of A4 paper.

The teams of year 7 pupils had to think about the purpose and sustainability of their building and consider how its design and technology could help people to learn more easily and have more fun.

The students at Outwood Academy Carlton created their exciting building designs outside of school time in the STEM Club which is run by Construction, Engineering and DT teacher Sarah Fray and DT technician Ken Burke. Students then took their designs to the Teentech showcase held at the Digital Media Centre in Barnsley on Monday 28 November. Each team presented and explained their design to the judges and one building from each category will be awarded a place at the Teentech City Civic Hackathon & Final.  

James Kirkham of Mott Macdonald and Catherine Spooner, Communications Officer at Henry Boot Construction were lucky enough to have a sneak preview of the buildings when they popped along to the STEM club to chat about the Better Barnsley Scheme. Being a structural engineer, James was able to offer his advice regarding design, ventilation, structure and sustainability and showed the children a video of how Wembley Stadium was built.

Sarah Fray said “Thank you to James Kirkham of Mott Macdonald and Catherine Spooner, Communications Officer at Henry Boot Construction Limited for visiting Outwood Academy Carlton to speak with the students about their design ideas. I valued their input and the support given to the children.”

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