Open evenings taking place for the widely anticipated Greater Peterborough University Technical College

The first open evening will take place on the 14th of October, 2014 from 6-8pm, and will be held at the University Centre Peterborough (UCP) on Peterborough’s Park Crescent campus.

Eager students getting their submission together for the VEX Robotics Competition.

The open evening offers an exciting and fun packed line-up for interested students and parents to discover more about the specialist learning opportunities available through the GPUTC, with several next generation technology demonstrations, and team competitions planned. Learners and parents are invited from the catchment areas of Huntingdon, Peterborough, Stamford and Wisbech and their respective surrounding areas, as well as Northamptonshire towns such as Corby and Oundle.

The £10m state of the art building which opens in Autumn of 2015, is co-located at the Peterborough Regional College, and is set to provide a specialist technical education for the city and wider surrounding areas. The school will be operated in partnership with sponsor businesses including Anglian Water, Larkfleet Group and Marshall Aerospace, who will be providing continual support and potential employment opportunities for the students.

With a specialism of ‘sustainability’ across technical courses in construction, engineering and software engineering - where there is an enormous demand for skilled employees, the UTC is set to advance the education of 14-19 year olds from September 2015 providing them with a pathway to further education, apprenticeships and employment.

The event on the 14th October is the first of three to take place, with the second on the 11th November and the third on the 5th February respectively. Each event will highlight the ‘sustainable’ curriculum opportunities in engineering and construction to be offered at the UTC. Several emergent and next generation technologies will also be on display, including a CNC Router machine used to manufacture car bodies for the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge. The Challenge is designed to inspire students to use it to learn about physics, aerodynamics, design, manufacture, branding, graphics, sponsorship, marketing, leadership/teamwork, media skills and financial strategy, and apply them in a practical, imaginative, competitive and exciting way. Attendees will also be able to test their reaction times with the F1 in Schools’ race gates.

A NAO Robot, designed by Alderbaran Robotics, will be present at the Open Evenings.

Additionally, the evening will feature our very special guest, the NAO robot, emphasising the role of robotics and automation within GPUTC’s specialisms. Designed by Alderbaran Robotics and highly valued as a science, technology, engineering and maths teaching-aid, the NAO robot is the leading humanoid robot for education and research, worldwide!

A 3D printer will also be present, demonstrating the exciting possibilities of modern technology for the design and prototyping of diverse objects and schematics. Sponsor business, Anglian Water, will be bringing a CAD scanner and avatar equipment, as well as apprenticeship information packs to give prospective students a view of work-life as an apprentice.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet the Principal of the GPUTC, and its Sponsors.

GPUTC will be running all its Open Evenings at University Centre Peterborough, Park Crescent Campus on:

  • 6-8pm on Tuesday 14thOctober 2014 for current Year 9 students and their parents (Year 10 Intake September 2015);
  • 6-8pm on Tuesday 11thNovember 2014 for current Year 11 students and their parents (Year 12 Intake September 2015); and
  • 6-8pm on Tuesday 5thFebruary 2015 for current Year 9 & 11 students and their parents (Year 10 & 12 Intake September 2015)

For further details or to register your interest, please visit http://gputc.com/openevenings, follow us on twitter @GPUTC and Facebook at www.facebook.com/GreaterPeterboroughUTC.

The Greater Peterborough UTC will be owned by the Greater Peterborough UTC, an Academy Trust, which has three founding board members, a nominee from Anglia Ruskin University, a nominee from Anglian Water Services Limited and a nominee from Peterborough Regional College. In addition, a large number of local employers are supporting the development of the UTC. The UTC Board will consist of a majority of Employer and University Governors.

For further information please contact:
E-mail: info@gputc.com                Tel: 0345 872 8722

www.gputc.com              @GPUTC

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