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Girls into Science, Engineering and Technology (GETSET)

On Wednesday 14th November Y Pant school was invited to take part in the girls into Science, Engineering and Technology challenge 2007. The event was held at Llantrisant leisure centre. Three teams of four were entered along with twenty other teams from across the county.

The day had been organised by the Education Business Partnership who had gathered a number of employers from across South Wales. Employers set the groups a number of tasks to complete throughout the day. These tasks included building a bridge that had to hold a 14 stone person, building a Go Kart, a ping pong ball thrower, a programmable buggy and a pneumatically operated rocket. Each group had to select three tasks whose work was then evaluated by the employers.

The winning group was Year 09 girls from Y Pant consisting of Alisha Huish, Vicky Trott, Emma Gentle and Clare Phillips. Judges remarked that the team had worked well as a group to solve these difficult tasks within a very tight time limit.

Y Pant received the inaugural shield and each team member was awarded an individual prize of a socket set and a certificate.

Design Technology Year 6 Transition Project

Overview

The Design & Technology Department at Y Pant has been taking part in a Transition Project with ESIS, UWIC and over 60 year 6 pupils from two local primary schools. The project was centred on Christmas and allowed pupils to experience computerised manufacturing processes.

Why it happened?

With the Technology curriculum changing, a greater emphasis has been placed on Computer Aided Design & Computer Aided Manufacture. Mr Stephens was asked to meet with ESIS Advisors and UWIC University tutors to plan a project that would link work in primary schools and secondary schools. As a result of this two local primary schools were given Robo-Craft plotters via ESIS and UWIC to allow them to show up to date Design and Technology within their schools.

What pupils did?

Year 6 pupils were asked to design and make a prototype for an interlocking Christmas decoration. All of this work was completed in their primary schools. Once completed, all finished work was sent to Y Pant and UWIC where it was cut out using a Laser Cutter. This allowed pupils to understand how work like this may be completed in industry.

The Result

The project was a complete success with over 60 pieces of work being produced. Year 6 pupils are currently visiting Y Pant to see how this process was carried out.