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Technoclubs develop technical skills

Technoclubs develop technical skills

Students at the Technoclub summer school in Cardiff develop their skills and increase their knowledge of design and technology.

Thirty one Year 8 and Year 9 students from schools in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan gave up some of their free time during the summer holidays to attend Technoclub, a two day technology summer school aimed at stimulating their interest in design and technology and perhaps sparking an interest in design and technology as a career path.

Co-ordinated by Careers Wales Cardiff and Vale Education Business Partnership (EBP) and the Design and Technology Education Consultancy (DATEC), this year’s event was hosted by the School of Art and Design at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC).

Projects for the students included building their own Soccabot, a football playing robot; constructing a Sycopter, inspired by the design of the sycamore seed and the blades of a helicopter; and building a Byk Lyt, a bike light which can flash a warning or be switched to a steady beam.

Mike Fuller, education business co-ordinator said: “Technoclub is a great opportunity for young people to develop their technical skills and have fun at the same time. Experienced design technology teachers, technicians from UWIC and Matt Lear of DATEC were on hand to make the event a really enjoyable two days of exciting projects. We are particularly pleased with the increase in the number of girls who signed up for the club this year with fourteen girls and seventeen boys taking part.”

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