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University Technical College Norfolk reached a key milestone this week, as it accepted its 200th student to study at the specialist engineering school opening in September.

So far, the school has received 348 applications and this number is set to rise as the school continues to meet with prospective students. Students who are due to enter Year 10 and Year 12 in September, and who are interested in studying at UTC Norfolk, are advised that applications are still being accepted, but they should apply soon to secure their place.

Although the Old Hall Road-based school doesn’t open until September, the school is already harnessing the enthusiasm of its students with an exciting programme of engineering-related events.

UTC Norfolk students who have accepted their place to study at the school are being given the opportunity to participate in a number of trips centred around engineering and the activities of some of the school’s employer partners.

The first of these ‘Pioneers Events’ was held at the UEA on Thursday, where 60 students put their engineering aptitude to the test in a team challenge to build bridges out of paper which were then strength-tested using buckets of water.

The winning group, fittingly named ‘The A Team’, were: Sean Burnett, 13, from Hoveton; Corben Creasey, 13, from Attleborough; Jack Parkes, 14, of Gorleston; Connor Humphreys, 14, from Belton; Robert Jones, 15, of Ashill; and Duncan Trenholm, 15 from Norwich.

Corben Creasey, who will start at UTC Norfolk as a Year 10 student, said his motivation for wanting to study at the UTC stemmed from his passion for designing and building things:

“I enjoy making radios and boats, and when I’m older I want to work in electronics engineering. I really liked building the bridge today, and I’m looking forward to attending the other Pioneers Events. I’m signed up to all of them!”

In addition to providing students with the opportunity to meet their future peers, the event also enabled students to learn more about studying engineering at university.

Leading the day was Dr Lawrence Coates, Senior Lecturer in Engineering at the UEA, who opened the event with an informative presentation about the skills and knowledge necessary for pursuing a career as an engineer, in which he touched upon a number of engineering principles students would later find crucial in constructing their bridges.

Prospective Year 10 students then received a guided tour of the UEA campus and were able to ask questions of current undergraduate students, whilst students entering Year 12 got the chance to explore the university’s impressive engineering facilities.

Dr Coates said he had been impressed with the engineering potential of the students who attended the event.

“Each team embraced the principles I introduced them to and incorporated them into their own innovative designs, producing structures that, overall, proved successful under test conditions”.

The UEA is the University partner of UTC Norfolk and Ben Milner, Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Science, represents the UEA on the UTC Board.

He commented, “The ‘U’ in UTC Norfolk comes from ‘University’ and it’s great that the UEA is able to support events like this and bring students onto campus”.

Alex Hayes, Principal, UTC Norfolk said, “It’s been wonderful to see the prospective students making new friends and working together so well. We would like to thank the UEA, and especially the UEA ambassadors, without whom the day would not have been the success it was”.

The Pioneers Events offered to students are possible because of the UTC Norfolk’s links with a number of local engineering employers, who heavily influence the school’s curriculum and business orientated ethos.

The next UTC Norfolk Pioneers events over the coming weeks will include visits to Gardline, Lotus and ST Racing.

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