Students from Ash Manor with their prize for the best AQA presentation.
Yesterday was the Graduation of the Class of 2019 for year 10 student's Biotechnology Programme! Having been to see the labs and experienced what the researchers do for themselves, putting what they had learnt into practise, it was crunch time! Students each had to present their findings to the audience, let them know how they would create their Illusion Ice Cream that tastes like one thing and smells like another, and in the case of the Calthorpe Park, teams had to showcase their marketing skills as well.
All students gained certificates for their time, however as an extra element they also competed with one another to be the best team, as judged by Mandy Harding of our sponsor company Green Biologics and School Governor Karen Kite. They were judged on how well they presented the information within the time limit, what information they included, how thorough their research had been and how well they had worked together as a team.
We ran this programme under two schemes depending on the time students could spend. The shorter programme runs under the AQA Unit Award Scheme which offers students the ability to gain certificates for the transferable skills they have developed alongside the programme, such as teamwork and communication. The Industrial Cadets Programme of 30 hours at Silver Level, offers students the ability to develop employability skills and personal learning and thinking skills, and on completion they graduate as an Industrial Cadet (similar to the Duke of Edinburgh award, but for STEM programmes).
The ALPS team presenting their work.
Students presenting their work - Ice Cream Reinvented!
Calthorpe Park students receiving their prize for the best presentation.