An opportunity for a group of S3 pupils at AGS has become available to experience Concrete in the Classroom. The workshops have the following objectives over five lessons:
- Create a learning experience which shows employability within the Construction Industry and explore the part that the Concrete Sector plays in this Industry.
- Create lifelong learning skills and show how these materialise in future work opportunities.
- Create new meaningful links between Secondary Education, Industry and Further / Higher Education.
- Develop an awareness of career opportunities that may not have been referenced prior to the program.
This will be delivered at AGS over five lessons (Monday P1-4 & Tuesday P1-4) with a site visit P2 – 4 on the Tuesday.
The site visit will be at:
Leiths, Loch-Hill’s Quarry, Dice, Aberdeen
Places are limited so please see Mr. Foster before Friday if you are interested.
OPITO’s Energise Your Future
This event is part of Offshore Europe and will take place on Friday 6th September at P&J Live
Any pupil interested in attending please see Mr Foster by Friday latest.
On Saturday 1st of June four AGS Young Engineers travelled down to Edinburgh to compete in this year’s Scottish Robotic Games. The pupils did extremely well for their first completion and came four out of forty robots in one element of the competition and into the quarter finals of another. They did themselves and the school proud.
This event was hosted by Leonardo, Crewe Toll, Edinburgh. Leonardo is one of the UK’s leading aerospace companies and one of biggest suppliers of defence and security equipment to the UK MoD. The pupils were given a tour of the factory where they are producing the most up-to-date radar systems.
The Rampaging Chariot is a powerful, radio controlled featherweight sporting robot that is used by schools and youth groups to compete in a tournament to determine the Robotic Games Champion. It is a project aimed at interesting young people in engineering organised by the Rampaging Chariots Guild.
The pupils received the robot as a free kit and the team had to build it and test it (this takes about 12 hours work). Pupils can then design unique bodywork and think of ideas to improve its performance.
Schools Young Engineer & Scientist Clubs and Air Cadet teams battle it out in Football, Sumo, Assault Course and Tug-of-War for the Scottish Grand Champion trophy.
This engineering challenge can teach:
- Design and Technology
- Wood and metal working skills
- Basic electronic engineering
- Electrical skills
- Radio control
The aims of the project are to get young people interested in engineering and to study science based subjects at school and university.
F1 in Schools
AGS Young Engineers F1 in Schools pupils entered two teams into the Scottish Regional Finals held at Inveralmond Community High School in Livingston. Both teams got through to the National Finals held at the Airbus wing factory in Chester.
Both teams did extremely well in the Final with Team Overdrive taking the Scottish Champions prize in 8th place out of 28 in their class. This means that Team Overdrive will be entered into the world final. Team Regalia were commended on their Folio by the judges. Both teams did them selves proud and represented AGS extremely well.
Copthorne Hotel / AGS Flagship Partnership
Aberdeen Grammar School has joined forces with the Copthore Hotel Aberdeen in a Flagship Partnership. This partnership aims to raise awareness of the careers and skills required to work in the Hospitality industry and provide the school with a committed business partner to support the activity designed to prepare young people for the world of work.
Through the partnership it is hoped that Copthore Hotel will aid in some of the following:
- Work Inspiration activities – Employability skills workshops and events support. Classroom based partnership working and career talks on hospitality and support functions.
- Experience – Work experience opportunities, skills for life, Learning and Work week
- Through the partnership it is hoped that EY will aid in some of the following:
- Vocational Learning – apprenticeships, trainee position, potential support the Foundation apprenticeship framework
- Jobs – apprenticeships, ad-hoc and part time work, school leaver position, trainee positions.
A group of three AGS Girls attended and event run by CHC Helicopters at RGC on International Women’s Day. This event was a fantastic opportunity to interact with female pupils who may have an interest in pursuing a degree / career in the industry.
This was a great opportunity to allow our pupils to informally meet / ask questions and receive advice on the industry etc.
The event had a selection of female guest speakers, who were able to share their stories, journey and successes with attendees and to inform them of their career path.
Positions included; Pilots, Engineers, Business Leaders and Industry Professionals who were able to share their expertise and knowledge with female individuals.
Despite their organisation being involved in Aviation / Engineering, they had have females from a variety of different roles within the organisation to speak and offer their advice and expertise to students. These range from a wide variety of organisations in Aberdeen which operate in the sector.
“The event empowered me to do the best I can to push against all odds. The ladies I met gave me lots of advice and I really enjoyed the event as a whole.” – Vanessa Emmett B4
Two of our S4 Girls also had the opportunity to attend another event on International Woman’s day at VattenFall Aberdeen. Places were limited to ten throughout the city. There were three workshops the Girls took part in:
- Inspirational Woman
- The wind farm
- Woman in Leadership
Vattenfalls aim was to Inspire young women to look towards a career in STEM, Support development of leadership, communication and teamwork skills, Develop their problem-solving abilities, Give the students an experience within an international energy company office environment, Introduce the students to a local employer.
OPITO’s Energise Your Future (EYF) event, took place on Thursday February 7th 2019, bringing together senior school pupils from the local area and the subsea industry to help inspire the next generation.
EYF showcases the breadth of careers and opportunities within the subsea sector, providing the chance for young people to engage directly with subsea companies and personnel who can provide an insight into the industry.
AGS pupils heard from a range of speakers from different subsea career backgrounds before moving through to the exhibition. The participating exhibitors hosted small groups of pupils on their stand, providing a short interactive activity or presentation – the team at OPITO were on hand to assist and provide guidance on stand activities if required. The pupils visited multiple stands as part of the EYF event.
Learner Pathways Evening – March / February 2019
On Thursday 10th January and Wednesday 27th February 2019 pupils and parents were warmly invited to our S3 into S4 and Senior Phase Learner Pathways evening.
The key goal is for our pupils to enjoy learning in the Senior Phase and achieve a strong set of examination results. Central to this is selecting the right courses in the first place. With this in mind, the event followed on from our restructured events last year moving away from the traditional course choice evening to a much more interactive event. Our Learner Pathways evening allowed pupils and parents to talk with employers, teachers, further and higher education providers and ask any specific questions.
We also had two presentations on the evening one form National Air traffic Services Aberdeen (NATS) and the by Ernst Young (EY) of which both had positive feedback.
The World Challenge group who are planning a trip to Sri Lanka provided teas/coffees/cakes in the dining hall with Music will provided by AGS pupils.
Overall both events were very successful with positive feedback from all involved.
International Women’s Day – CHC Helicopters
CHC Helicopters have sent an invitation to all schools inviting them to a fantastic opportunity to interact with female students who may have an interest in pursuing a degree / career in the industry.
This event is due to take place on Tuesday, 5th of March, 2019.
The event will take place at Robert Gordon’s College
Time: 09:30 – 13:00 (Lunch will be provided)
CHC would like to invite S3 – S6 Pupils who are currently studying STEM Subjects.
This could potentially be a fantastic opportunity to allow these individuals to informally meet / ask questions and receive advice on the industry etc.
This would also be a fantastic opportunity for females who are doing a ‘STEM Pipeline / Project’.
The event will include having female guest speakers, who would be able to share their stories, journey and successes with attendees and to inform them of their career path.
Positions include; Pilots, Engineers, Business Leaders and Industry Professionals who would be able to share their expertise and knowledge with female individuals.
Despite their organisation being involved in Aviation / Engineering, they will have females from a variety of different roles within the organisation to speak and offer their advice and expertise to students. These range from a wide variety of organisations in Aberdeen which operate in the sector.
See Mr. Foster to book your place.