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 Top sports  gures warn of the risk of meningitis
 MGS, Matt and Kate met a group of aspiring hockey and rugby players from both schools to
give them tips and advice on how to get on in the world of professional sport.
Director of Sport at Manchester High School for Girls, Mrs Sarah Newman, said: “Some of our girls already play hockey at a high level and some continue the sport at university with the aim to play professionally. Keeping
Robotic arm brings new dimension to Design Technology teaching
Students from Manchester High School for Girls (MSHG) and The Manchester Grammar School (MGS) learned that young people are among the most at-risk of contracting meningitis as two top UK sports personalities visited the schools last month (January).
pharmaceutical and healthcare company GSK’s Tackle Meningitis Campaign.
A recent GSK survey revealed that, in the North West, understanding of the risk of meningitis among teens remains worryingly low;
just one in ten parents and young people aged 14-18 are aware that teenagers are among the most at-risk for contracting the disease. The survey also highlighted a lack of knowledge about the signs and symptoms of the illness.
and Kate was a once in a lifetime opportunity for our players to meet their heroes and talk to them about their aspirations.”
Mark Walmsley, Director of Sport at The Manchester Grammar School said: “Sadly, we have all seen tragic cases where young people have died after contracting this deadly disease, so today
was a great opportunity for our boys to learn more about how to recognise the signs and symptoms of the illness and what they can do to tackle meningitis”.
Former England rugby player
and BBC sports commentator,
Matt Dawson, and GB Olympic
gold medal hockey captain,
Kate Richardson-Walsh, were in
Manchester to raise awareness of
the devastating illness as part of
Pictured: Matt Dawson (far left) and Kate Richardson-Walsh (far right) with students from the two schools.
A whole new world of robotics has opened up to pupils at Pocklington School, Yorkshire, with the arrival of a mechanical arm to its new Art and Design Technology Centre.
The Arduino Robotic Arm can
pick up and move items, and be programmed to move a camera or track movements. It is being used
to enhance design technology projects at the school, with students programming its actions and exploring its potential range of uses.
Steve Ellis, Pocklington School’s Head of Design said: “The arm is allowing me to move from teaching about robotics on video to actually
allowing students to see and interact with the real thing. The
new dimension it brings to lessons
is inspiring fresh enthusiasm from
all our pupils, not just those with
a particular interest in engineering or computer programming. The students are really thinking about robotics and control, and testing out their theories.”
Projects inspired by the new robot include creating a camera mount to turn the robotic arm into a motion control camera, and adding wheels to its motor control board for
extra movement. Cross-curricular projects with the Computer Science department are also planned.
The robotic arm was donated by Richard Yeomans, founder and Managing Director of York-based Tesla Automation, which designs and manufactures electrical control panels and systems.
Mr Yeomans supported the campaign to raise funds to build Pocklington School’s £2.5m Art and Design Technology Centre, which opened last year, and is a school parent.
During their visit to MHSG and
 t and healthy is, therefore, very important to them. Meeting Matt
  Students at Pocklington School using the new robotic arm, with Steve Ellis, Head of Design
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