Rotary BAE Systems Technology Tournament

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On Friday 17th March two teams from St Mary’s competed in the annual Rotary BAE Systems Technology Tournament held in Lytham St Anne’s. The teams were given the challenging of engineering a motorised device that was required to move electronically down a tunnel, move pieces of wood and reverse back to the start of the tunnel. The teams had to brainstorm, discuss and design different ideas and solutions to produce a portfolio of work, they then had to spend 3 hours manufacturing and testing their final motorised device. Both groups produced some interesting and creative solutions which they then tested against other teams from various different Blackpool Schools and Colleges. A big well done and congratulations to the Y11 KS4 team who came second in their category.

Thank you to both teams for competing on the day:

KS3 team: Jess Hill, Michael Woof, Antonia Harris, Lewis Dyson.
KS4 team: Jamie Rimmer, Rylie McGeever, Sophie Woods, Aliesha McLaughlin.

 

Year 9 Enterprise Challenge

Year 9 Enterprise Challenge

On the 7th February, eight of our year 9 students took part in the BAE Systems Make It Enterprise challenge. The Manufacturing Institute’s Make It campaign is a programme of education-business linked activities designed to support the curriculum and to create partnerships between schools and manufacturing partners. 

The Make It Enterprise Challenges are one-day events held across the North West, which are supported by a host of business partners including BAE Systems.

We attended the event at Ribby Hall and our team set up their own manufacturing business in a competition to create a new product. They were judged on their understanding of the design brief, the successful completion of key tasks; including everything from prototype design to marketing and their enterprise skills. The team pitched their product in a "Dragon's Den" style finale, where they were grilled by four 'Dragons' from BAE. It was a great experience for everyone involved!

Well done to Harry Shaw, Lexie Moat, Graceil Tinoy, Jess Hill, Joe Kirk, Christian Johnstone, Tasha Lees and Callum Sankey.

Year 12 & 13 Graphics Showcase


We recently had an exhibition showcasing all of the Year 13 and Year 12 Graphics work. Students have worked incredibly hard over the past year to ensure that their work was produced to a high level and of a professional standard. The work included a wide range of briefs which involved students rebranding and promoting different companies, such as:

Year 12:

  • Jams & Preserves
  • Student Guides
  • Journeys
  • Seafood
  • Children’s book illustration
  • Fashion

Year 13:

  • Hotel
  • Florist
  • Burger
  • Funfair
  • Sport
  • Cyclist Handbook
  • Tea
  • Stationary

Over the course of the year, students have learnt a range of skills including Photoshop, drawing skills and experimental printing methods.

If you haven’t had a chance to look at the work, it will be displayed around the Academy from September and on the TV’s over the coming weeks to give you a taste of what can be produced at A Level Graphics.

Rotary Competition

Rotary Competition Team
On the 18th March two teams from St Mary’s competed in the annual Rotary BAE Systems Technology Tournament held in Lytham St Anne’s. The teams were given a challenge of engineering a bridge to hold a certain amount of weight; the KS3 team had to manufacture a fixed bridge whilst the KS4 team had to produce a bridge containing a fixed section but also a draw bridge element. The teams had to brainstorm, discuss and design different ideas and solutions and produce a portfolio of work, they then had to spend 3 hours manufacturing and testing their final bridge. Both groups produced some interesting and creative solutions which they then tested in a challenge against 41 other teams from Blackpool schools and colleges.

Rotary competitionThank you to both teams for competing on the day:

KS3 team: Riley Moat, Antoni Laur, Alina Sladkiewicz, Julia Tyliszczak.
KS4 team: Matty West, Kiera Davies, Hayley Wilton, Ella Kershaw.