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Technology prize
Hewlett Packard (HP), Intel and IT solutions specialists XMA have awarded Leighton Park School, Berkshire, the Ripple Effect Prize. The prize recognises schools at the forefront of using technology to support student learning.
The school will be presented
with an HP STEM & Creative Learning Studio, worth over £20,000. As well as specialist laptops, the Prize consists of the latest 3D scanning and immersive computing technology.
Neil Sawyer, Channel and Education Director, HP UKI, commented “The STEM worker shortfall is estimated at 40,000
Podium  nish
in Greenpower
Slindon College, Sussex, Greenpower team achieved 2nd place in the Greenpower F24+ Championship at Rockingham speedway circuit in Corby.
They were up against a  eld of
30 vehicles including the Jaguar/ Landrover team. Their vehicle “Lightening 1” was driven by Sixth former, Charlie Barton with the help of his chief mechanic and “pit man” Dominic Wilshere (see below).
Paul Burbidge, Head of Greenpower at Slindon said “this is an outstanding result and truly re ects all the hard work, dedication and commitment of all our team members, pupils, staff and parents alike. We have been participating in Greenpower events since its formation and have gone from strength to strength. To achieve a podium  nish in the international  nal is a great achievement for us”.
in the UK. With more jobs being created to meet the shifting demands of the digital economy, this gap is only going to widen”.
“HP believes it can boost STEM learning by reinventing the way we teach these skills in schools. The careers of tomorrow will be in robotics, programming and engineering. Early access to this technology for schools, its staff and students is critical to the UK economy. By working alongside as many schools and colleges as possible – such as Leighton Park - HP hopes to inspire people to be the inventors of tomorrow.”
Leighton Park is working towards
becoming a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics centre of excellence, combining particular strengths in these traditional areas with expertise in creative media and the creative arts. The Prize comes on the back of other developments at the school, such as a partnership with Pinewood Studios for  lm production and becoming a Yamaha Music Education Partner.
Innovative uses of learning technology at the school include the roll out of CleverTouch interactive screens to facilitate dynamic, engaging lessons, the use of Google Classroom and
Chromebooks to support student learning and an exciting enabling environment to support creative media, including design,  lm production and music technology.
Mark Smith, Head of Design
and Technology said: “We are absolutely delighted to have
won the competition and know the HP and Intel technology will be very well utilised in a school where technology is already  rmly embedded within our students’ learning. On a personal note,
the 28 students who attend a weekly 3-dimensional Computer- Aided Design club are incredibly excited.”
 Engineering girls impress at Parliament!
 The Alderley Edge School for Girls, Cheshire, Engineering Team were named the Young Engineers North West at the regional  nals of The Big Bang Competition earlier in the year, when they successfully designed and built a playground clock and traf c light system
for deaf and blind children and wheelchair users. As a result of their success they were invited to Parliament by Stephen Metcalfe MP this month (November) to
display their project and explain it to MPs and industry leaders.
The event was part of the Tomorrow’s Engineers
Week with the theme of #EngineerOnAMission. The team consisting of Jessica Allwright, Bianca Boren and Nina Fraser spoke with great enthusiasm throughout the day as everyone wanted to know more about the giant smiling lion that had arrived in Parliament.
The students were delighted to be introduced to Tatton MP Esther McVey who took a great deal of time to listen and question the team on their project as well as discussing her experiences in her education and life as an MP.
The next adventure for the team and their lion themed playground clock is the National  nals of the Big Bang Competition in March 2018. They will be competing for the title UK Young Engineer of the Year.
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