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A sweet 'taste-er' of success!

Last week saw the doors at GPUTC open for the first time to our 2016 cohort of students. Over 100 students took time out of their half term holidays to meet their fellow students, as well as taking part in events with our sponsors and partners Anglian Water, Perkins Engines, the Larkfleet Group & Gaia Technologies, showcasing what a day in the life of a UTC student looked like if they chose to study Engineering or the Built Environment with us.

Having now had over 145 applications and exceeded our initial target for 2016 entry, this was the first of a number of ‘taster’ activities that are planned to take place before the school opens officially in September.

The Larkfleet Group had our students racing against the clock to build a timber frame house, in fact one of our groups managed to do this in just 22 minutes after mastering the architectural drawings. Showcasing the engineering side of the UTC, Perkins Engines had the students undertake the Hill Climb challenge where with a very limited number of resources the teams had to build a miniature car to test up a rather difficult hill! Not only did this test our students’ problem solving skills, it also challenged their understanding of maths and physics.

Over in the design studio Gaia Technologies had our students working on the 3D programme Mudbox; a sculpting and painting tool allowing our students to run with their imaginations to create some great visuals.

Our lead sponsor Anglian Water helped our students to gain an understanding of their work throughout the region in their water supply challenge. And if that wasn’t enough, to top it off students at the UTC attempted to break a world record by taking part in building the world’s largest free standing paper structure (at 3.51 metres). We even had the BBC come in to film what went on!

Here’s what some of our students said about the sessions and the UTC:

 ‘I like that at the UTC there are lots of students that like to do the things I am interested in such as engineering and construction.  It was good to make friends with similar people who I will study with in September’

‘The day was good because of the range of activities that kept the day interesting from building houses to pyramids, and cars to designing dinosaurs it was all very varied like how the school will be when I go there in September’

Thank you to our partners and sponsors for putting on such great activities for the UTC students. We can’t wait for term to start in September!

If GPUTC sounds like the place for you, then you can apply to join in either Year 10 or 12 from September 2016.

See here for more information.

If you would like to visit the UTC for yourself you can come along to a #dropinmonday session which runs from 5pm-7pm on Mondays during term time, there no need to book just drop in.

For queries please email or phone 01733 715952 for more information.