South Devon UTC is now fully up and running in our beautiful bespoke building created for us by BAM and Stride Treglowns in the middle of Newton Abbot. We have spent the first half of the spring term really getting it up and running, ironing out the wrinkles and really using the students to test its efficacy. It certainly has not been found wanting.
During this term we have year 10 students making protective baskets for our sports hall speakers and alarms, and in so doing getting their first go at mig welding. We have both year 10 and year 12 students gaining their competence on lathes, milling machines and grinders. Also we have 4 teams entered in the Royal Navy National UTC Antarctic Challenge in March. This has seen our creative young people design and make ROVs (remotely operated vehicles) using 3D printing that can retrieve items stuck on water, ice and on the ocean bed. We have our fingers crossed for their performance in this, updates to follow!
Our scientists have been working with the environment agency and South West Water to really understand where the science they learn is applied and used in everyday life. Our sixth form scientists are about to undergo our first industrial immersion. This is through Industrial Cadets and will involve a week at South West Water where they will learn about how the company fulfils its core functions and how the science and engineering they are learning is so important to our region’s safe use of drinking and bathing water.
We also have a team of sixth form students working the University of Exeter recreating one of the defining experiments of medicine, that of Santorio, the Italian who discovered metabolism, through a very interesting piece of machinery, something that soon you will be able to see re-designed and recreated for the 21st Century.
So many of the early setting up functions are complete, things like becoming an exam and assessment centre require lots of hard work with staff. We look forward to the first set of exams this summer which the students and staff are working hard to prepare for.