Students from across Basingstoke were given the opportunity to test their engineering talents in The Annual Rotary Technology Tournament held at BCoT.
The competition involved designing and building a machine that could manoeuvre itself along a test track. A panel of expert judges including the Mayor of Basingstoke, Roger Gardiner, then decided an overall winner in three different categories:
Foundation (aged 11-14)
Intermediate (aged 15-16)
Advanced (aged 16+)
The difficulty of the challenge varied depending on age and ability; the advanced category had to create a machine which navigated the course, drop off an item and then return it. The foundation and intermediate categories had a slightly different task to give them a taste of what engineering is like.
Students from local schools and colleges joined BCoT engineering students to compete for trophies provided by The Basingstoke & Deane Rotary Club. Engineering student Huw Richards enjoyed competing in the advanced category and said:
“As soon as we heard about this opportunity a group of us volunteered to take part in the competition. We learned how to work well as a team and how to overcome the pressures of working to strict time constraints. “
Members of The Rotary Club were on hand to offer expert advice and judge the competition. Kevin Vickers was one of the judges and was delighted to be on hand to help out the students, saying:
“They are getting a chance to compete in a fun tournament whilst learning new skills and taking advice from people who have had very successful careers in Engineering. The overall aim of today is to inspire young people to get into Engineering and Technology - they are the future of the industry!”
BCoT Catering lecturer Ian Pitt gave students from Fort Hill School in Basingstoke the opportunity to showcase their culinary talents in a cooking competition.
Chef Pitt organised the event between the Food Technology students at the school so they could demonstrate the skills they have been learning throughout the year. The aspiring chefs were put into teams all vying to be crowned winners in the competition that saw them produce dishes from all around the world.
Students paid a small entrance fee which contributed towards the fundraising efforts of Fort Hill’s Head of Science, Becca Taylor. She is raising money to help homeless children in Morocco and the £400 raised through the competition will go a long way to fund the volunteering programme that Becca is taking part in.
Ian has been teaching regularly at Fort Hill School to help students complete their Food Technology GCSE coursework. As well as sharing his knowledge and expertise, he is also giving students an insight into what they could be doing if they choose to carry on studying Catering and Hospitality at BCoT.
Ian was astounded by the passion and talent on display, saying:
“The competition was a great success and it’s been amazing to see the quality of dishes that have been produced. I have been seconded from BCoT to teach at Fort Hill one day a week; my role is to ensure that students reach their full potential. If the standard of food created here today is anything to go by, they’ve definitely succeeded.”
Fort Hill students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and relished the opportunity of working with an experienced chef. One of those taking part, Lauren Maggs, said:
“The lessons and competition that we have been doing with Ian are a lot harder and more complex than we are used to but it’s great to get hands on. I’ve always wanted to be a chef and this experience has got me really excited about coming to BCoT in September!”
A group of Business students are helping pupils at Fort Hill School with their Business and Enterprise projects.
The initiative was set up by BCoT Business and Enterprise lecturer Sarah Price who kicked off proceedings by delivering a presentation on Enterprise to Year 7 pupils. The College’s Business students then followed and spoke about the projects they have been involved in. They also shared their experiences of how they developed product ranges, how they worked as a team and overcame the challenges and hurdles of business.
BCoT students were then assigned to different tutor groups to help in the planning and development of ideas and offer advice and guidance on business decisions.
Sarah Price said:
“It was a really lovely school visit and some very inspiring ideas were put forward by the young students. I was very impressed by their professionalism and enthusiasm – they were definitely aspiring entrepreneurs.”
One of the BCoT students who went along to the session included former Fort Hill pupil Alice Hall. She relished the opportunity to return to her former school, saying:
“It was great to go back and help the pupils by sharing some of the skills and knowledge I have learned since going to BCoT.”
Fort Hill’s Head of Year Julia Bray was delighted to see Alice and her fellow BCoT students, adding:
“I was really pleased with the outcome of this collaboration. It was a really positive experience for our pupils and we all look forward to working with the College again when students return as judges on the reviewing panel.”
A former BCoT Beauty student, Nicola Ascroft has been crowned Miss Basingstoke and will represent the town at the Miss England semi-finals in July.
Nicola, who owns D&D Beauty salon in Sherfield Park, still has close links with the College, and has been a judge at the annual BCoT Hair and Beauty Competition for the past three years.
When she needed a dress made for the Eco section of the beauty competition, she called upon the skills of Fashion Retail staff and students to design and create something eye-catching.
The BCoT team jumped at the opportunity to help Nicola and lecturer Sarah Gallagher worked with her on the dress whilst a group of students worked hard to design her hat.
“This was a great opportunity to get involved and help somebody who is doing a lot of good work in the community. It was also a chance for my students to get some valuable experience and work to a brief.”
The dress and hat were created using a number of poppies to raise awareness for the British Legion, a charity that Nicola is keen to support in the future. The competition required participants to raise as much money as possible for the charity, Beauty with a Purpose, which supports humanitarian projects across the world.
As a fundraising venture, Nicola also organised a black tie event in Sherfield Park Community Centre. More than 80 people attended the event, raising £2131 for the charity. Her total fundraising was pushed up to £2481 with a generous £350 donation from Vodafone.
Nicola was very appreciative of the help she was given by BCoT in preparation for the competition, adding:
“I am thrilled to be through to the Miss England semi-finals – it is a real honour. The help that BCoT gave me in creating my dress and hat was amazing; I can’t thank them enough.”
BCoT's Hair and Beauty students showcased their amazing talents at this year's annual competition.
Read more and see some of the wonderful photos courtesy of the Basingstoke Gazette and It's Your Day Photography:
Trials for those applying to join our Football Academy in September 2015
The College is holding football trials at Down Grange Astroturf, Pack Lane, Basingstoke RG22 5SN.
If you have applied or wish to apply to join our BTEC Level 3 Football Academy course, you will need to attend a trials session.
Please contact our Football Academy Coordinator, Darryl Taphouse, to book your trial place: email@example.com or call 01256 306413
Other trial dates this year are: Tuesday 5th May Thursday 7th May
We're hosting a car boot sale - come along and grab a bargain!
Sunday 26th April
8.30am – 2pm
(set up for sellers from 7.30am)
Want to come along and sell?
Please book your pitch in advance with Richard on 01256 306359 or firstname.lastname@example.org
£5 for a standard family car or £8 for a van
Want to come along and buy?
Just pop along!
Entry fee – 50p per adult, children get in free
Are you in Year 10 and starting to think about your options after school?
Are you in Year 11 and still not decided where to go or what to do in September?
Then why not come along to our Open Evening from 4.00-7.30pm where you can look around the College, chat to staff and students and find out more about the courses you are interested in.
This is also a chance for you to learn more about A levels and our subsidised travel programme.
BCoT to host Farmers' Market
BCoT is delighted to be holding a Farmers' Market at the College, in collaboration with Hampshire Fare, on Saturday 23rd May.
The event will take place on our North Site and we hope to have a wide range of stall-holders offering unusual, sustainable or locally-sourced products for you to purchase.
Parking is available on site for visitors: £2.50 per car (or £1 per visitor if no parking is required).
If you would like to have a stall at this event, please e-mail email@example.com
BCoT students support Silk Mill Bi-Centenary
Students on BCoT's Textiles for Fashion degree programme have been working on a project to help celebrate Whitchurch Silk Mill's 200th birthday by contributing to a special exhibition in June at the Mill.
BCoT's student were invited to design a modern garment, made with silk panels from Whitchurch, to commemorate the bicentenary. Entries will be submitted during March, with the winner announced just before the College's Easter break. The winning design will then be made up and not only have pride of place in the June exhibition but will feature in a fashion show on 11th June.
Further details of the exhibition - and the winning entry - will appear here in due course.