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BAE Systems Make It Challenge - regional winners

14th Feb 2019

BAE Systems Make It Challenge - regional winners

‘On 6th Feb 2019, eight of our most talented Technologists competed at the Institute of Manufacturing’s annual Make it Challenge regional event at BEA Systems Academy for Skills and Knowledge at Samlesbury.  Over 80 pupils competed in this event, but nationwide over 900 students will take part. They participated in an enterprise challenge and won through this heat to the NW Regional Finals, later this year. Congratulations to the team of Year 9 students of Jenni, Abi, Nancye, Kate, Katie, Daisy, Charlotte and Aru.’ Mrs J Sandback, Head of Techology We set off very early and by 8.00am we were on a coach heading to BAE Systems for the regional event of Make It Challenge 2019, a competition revolving around the importance of the manufacturing industry. Ten teams (two of which were made up of teachers) took to the challenge of creating a prototype of an unmanned rescue response vehicle. Every team member was given a different role: Jenni and Abi as the design engineers, got to work on creating the prototype that the Team had come up with. Kate managed finances, balancing the budgets and keeping the girls from overspending on expensive materials and equipment. In charge of quality control was Katie, making sure our best ideas were being put out. The next part of the challenge was to promote our design, which we called W.A.R.M (water alpine rescue mobile) rover, which Nancye and Daisy took control of, designing a social media campaign based on the hashtag #GetWARM to raise awareness of rescue technology and to promote our prototype to potential investors. Logistics director Charlotte then went through the logistics maze with Nancye, Katie, and Aru (Team Leader), where they had to memorise a series of squares using a metal detector. Finally, the teams had to create an outstanding 2-minute pitch to the three Dragons, three judges who had been in the manufacturing industry for a long time and had lots of experience. The LGGS pitch was written by Aru and covered all points of the prototype and the pros of investing in it. W.A.R.M Rover was created to rescue people in peril on mountains and in the water. It had two main parts: a rover designed for multiple land terrains with its caterpillar tracks, and a detachable drone for finding stragglers in water. Both were patrol vehicles, equipped with first aid kits, heat and motion sensors, a calming voice recording, and immediate access to mountain rescue services and the RNLI. They are designed from Titanium and Carbon Fibre, two strong yet lightweight materials, however with some components made from recyclable plastics to help the environment. After a long day of hard work and free sandwiches, the teams gathered for the final results, as the top two teams would go through to the national round of the competition. With second place announced as Carr Hill High school, tensions were rising as the winners were announced as W.A.R.M Rover Lancaster Girl’s Grammar School.  Eight tired yet happy teammates returned to LGGS with a BAE Systems goodie bag and a prize of a gift voucher for winning. We are all looking forward to the national competition!

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Languages go from Strength to Strength

30th Jan 2019

Languages go from Strength to Strength

The Modern Foreign Languages Department are very proud of all their A-level French, Spanish, and German students who are giving back so much to their department through the administration and running of exciting new projects in addition to the long-standing French and Spanish Societies. The German A-level group continues to grow in numbers as a direct result of students' positivity, enthusiasm, and passion for languages. The mentoring programme pairs up students studying A-level and GCSE Languages with those in younger years to act as a ‘buddy’ and to help them improve their language skills. One pair that is off to a flying start and is a real cause for celebration is Katie & Emily. Emily joined LGGS at the start of Year 10 and has taken up GCSE French under Katie’s guidance and support.  Many of our Year 12 students are thinking of studying languages at university and have chosen to contribute to lower-school lessons. As such, Year 12 Language students are gaining valuable experience of using their languages in a teaching role. The students in lower-school are very appreciative, as having older girls to support and guide them through their work is an incredible opportunity.  Year 10 GCSE Spanish students have been improving their written Spanish with the help of our A-Level students. They are thoroughly enjoying writing old-fashioned pen pal letters to one of our partner schools in Castellón, which is not far from where we travel to on the Spanish Exchange. We are very much looking forward to the opportunities that may open out to them through this exciting project. Another exciting project that our Year 12 A-level students are in the process of setting up is a Spanish Conversation Club. This will be open to all students after half-term and will take place each Tuesday lunchtime.

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