Skills for Industry - Developing Curriculum Links

Published 19th July 2018

Teachers and pupils from 9 schools across Warwickshire have been working with Severn Trent and Jaguar Land Rover on a 6-8-week project incorporating programmable control into either an interactive water display or an element of an autonomous vehicle.

These Skills for Industry projects concluded with two events which involved pupils presenting their design work and prototypes to other schools and our funder Warwickshire County Council.

It was evident from the variety and complexity of the designs how hard the pupils had worked to develop their creative designs and learn the technical skills required to programme the Crumble microcontroller.

The project was supported by apprentices from the Instrumentation and Control team at Severn Trent and ambassadors from both the apprentice and graduate programme at Jaguar Land Rover. These representatives visited schools and gave advice and support on the programming of pupil’s designs and provided valuable insight into the career opportunities available at their respective companies.

Feedback from pupils and teachers was extremely positive with one pupil stating that their favourite element of the project was “learning about careers opportunities” and another stating “being able to learn how to present ideas clearly and professionally through writing and speaking. This can be used later on in my career as a transferrable skill.”

Teacher’s commented that the project had “enhanced their curriculum and that they will be using the Crumbles again in the future.” “Excellent to have a “real world” application project supported by national sponsors which provides a great opportunity for pupils to work independently.”


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