Students at TUTC, north London’s most innovative educational offer for 14 to 18-year-olds, are the first UTC students in the country to be given access to Loco – a motion platform originally used as part of the world’s first brain controlled fairground ride.
Over the course of the next academic year, TUTC students will work with teaching staff and industry experts to build a replica of Loco as part of its specialist engineering-based curriculum.
Developed by two of TUTC’s business partners, Middlesex University and Festo, Loco’s design can be applied to a broad range of technology and engineering projects, from creating virtual reality flight simulators to supporting new forms of theatre and dance.
TUTC is based upon the site of the Club’s sport-led regeneration scheme and provides its students with an opportunity to study for future employment and address the engineering skills gap – an industry that requires 2.5 million engineers within the next seven years to contribute an extra £27billion per year to the UK economy, as revealed by government figures.
Backed by businesses from a range of industries, including the Club, Middlesex University, Stansted Airport, Festo, National Instruments, Mindsets and Fusion, students have the opportunity to access careers within fields such as sports science, product design and mechanical engineering.
Without support from these business partners, students at TUTC would not have access to high-tech, industry-standard equipment and projects like Loco until they reach university-level education.
Professor Brendan Walker, Middlesex University, said: “Middlesex University is a business partner of Tottenham UTC and we’re excited to have brought the prototype of Loco here so that students can build their own replica.
“A project like Loco is important because it’s on a scale that students can manage by themselves and they are able to put the skills they’re learning in the classroom into practice.
“It was great to see Ledley and Meridian Dan in the chair – they’re the first two celebrities we’ve had on this ride and maybe when the students here complete their replica, we’ll see more!”
Ledley King added: “The facilities at Tottenham UTC are out of this world and I would have loved to have been given the opportunity to work on a school project like Loco when I was their age. It was a strange feeling riding Loco whilst wearing Oculus Rift because you really do feel like you’re on a fairground ride. I’m looking forward to seeing the students’ progress with their project and maybe coming back to test it out when it’s finished.”
Eda Yildirim, a current Year 13 student at Tottenham UTC, said: “In my previous school I didn’t get any opportunities like this so being involved is really exciting. It will also give me more experience in engineering compared to many of my peers which is a real benefit when applying for jobs in the future. It was great to meet Ledley and Meridian Dan, especially when we got a chance to steer them in the chair.”
Nick Hindmarsh, Principal of Tottenham UTC, said: “This is an exciting project for the youth of North London.
“One of our key objectives at Tottenham UTC is to improve employment prospects for our students and getting them ready for jobs in the Science, Technology, Sport, Health and Engineering industries that many not exist yet.
“Without the support of our business partners, we wouldn’t be able to offer these great opportunities to our students and I know we’re all very excited to start work on our replica build.”
TUTC is currently recruiting students in Year 10 and 12 for the coming Academic year. Students benefit from a curriculum that focuses on real-life work projects, providing an unparalleled access to future employment and an opportunity to move on to University, further education, apprenticeships and work placements.
The next Open Event at TUTC will take place on October 13, 2015, 9.30am – 11.30am. Please register your attendance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8350 6020.
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