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The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

Sky Academy Skills Studio

Sky academy skills studio invited some of our Year 8 and 9 scientists

 Sky academy skills studio invited some of our Year 8 and 9 scientists to compete in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) challenges, which involved collaborating in teams to solve problems. The two engineering workshops run by EDT (the Engineering Development Trust) involved pupils designing, building then testing a model wind turbine connected to a self-standing LED display and creating a model car powered only by the stored energy from elastic bands. The cost and benefit of environmentally friendly energy resources such as wind power is often in the news, and pupils worked in teams in the Sky academy studios to create a news story, linking a studio introduction to a location report, witness interviews and expert analysis.

The pupils worked very professionally and also had fun practising their studio work, while also receiving an afternoon visit from Angela Eagle MP, Shadow First Secretary and shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, as part of her visit to the Sky studios.  

 The students said:

“Today we went on a school trip to sky academy and it was great. We worked in teams to complete many challenges with prizes up for grabs. We thought it was a very educational experience. We learnt how Sky record their news reports and went on a mini tour around the Sky sports news HQ. We would encourage people to visit the sky academy if they had the chance.” - Harry Cooper & Andre Faulds

“We enjoyed everything today, recording our own news reports, building structures out of wooden dowels, and making cars that ran on the energy harvested from elastic bands. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip and it was an amazing learning experience.” - Jasmine Taylor & Gemma Songui