06 Jan Year 10 Rolls Royce STEM Activity Day – Derby
On 9th December, twelve year 10 students, attended the Rolls Royce STEM event held at their state of the art offices in Derby. The day was designed to highlight the available apprenticeships and other available routes into training and working for Rolls Royce. After an initial introduction to the company, the students were split into two groups for the morning activities.
Group one was taken on a tour of the facilities and down into the Heritage Museum so the students could physically examine the types of products manufactured by Rolls Royce over the last century up to the modern day. The second group of students met existing apprentices & reviewed the ultra-modern Learning and development centre, primarily to gauge what experiences and challenges they encountered on their journey, from education through to successfully applying and succeeding in the hotly contested apprenticeships.
The afternoon session focused on a practical/presentation exercise centring on the manufacture of ‘Twirly Birds’. The students of all schools were mixed and split into 6 groups. The session was aimed at encouraging communication, interaction and inter-personal skills. Also, by increasing their overall confidence in public speaking. They had to create as many birds as possible, demonstrate their flight, design, a company logo and present all to manger within Rolls Royce, all within a limited budget.
The various Teams, although nervous, performed to the best of their abilities and all manged to participate and speak and contribute towards the success of their respective teams.
The students all came away with an insight into what’s required in order to succeed as an apprentice with Rolls Royce.