Liverpool College pupils achieve Engineering Excellence – Award Ceremony Success!

If you were an Engineer, what would you do? This was the question posed to 700 pupils ranging from Year 2 to Year 10 as part of a national Engineering competition this year, a project designed to find the next promising UK inventor. Beating over 70,000 students nationwide, Liverpool College students celebrated massive success on Wednesday, culminating in an award ceremony at Liverpool Edge Hill University.

The designs of winning young engineers, and those highly commended, were displayed in a wonderful gallery on campus, followed by a superb award ceremony at the University. Budding STEM stars were presented with trophies, badges and certificates by industry experts in Engineering fields. As part of the award ceremony, every students’ work was also individually displayed, discussed and celebrated on the big screen – watched on by invited family and friends.  

This year Liverpool College had ten year-group category winners and a further ten runner-up highly commended entries - the highest number from any one school in the entire North West!

The Winning Young Engineers were: Alexander D (Ch3), Julia V D H and Sienna S (Ch7), Orla D and Tanvir H (Ch8), Aiden H and Bailie H (Ch9) and Jeffrey L and Orla C (Ch10)

Receiving Runner Up ‘Highly Commended’ awards were: Jack G (Ch2), Noah M (Ch4), Mia F and Noah J (Ch7), Dareen M and Arad E (Ch8), Lois H and Amy G (Ch9) and Jack T and Charlie P (Ch10).

To participate in the competition, pupils had to identify a problem they had observed in real life, invent a solution to that problem, illustrate and annotate their creation, promote their product through a descriptive ‘Pitch Letter’ and meet a real engineer. We had over 750 students participating in this incredible creative thinking design engineering competition, co-ordinated across the whole school by Mrs Doran. Well done to all who entered this year - the standard from Liverpool College was described as absolutely phenomenal by the judges!

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Ch7 Perfect Poetry Workshop with Debra Bertulis

Where do writers get their inspiration from? How do you write poems to engage and entertain? How can you write to make people laugh, imagine – and think? These were just some of the questions answered by professional poet Debra Bertulis this week, who visited Ch7 to deliver a fabulous poetry writing workshop. Debra shared with students her inspiring story, including her early struggles with dyslexia that significantly affected her confidence and love of writing. Sharing her poetry tool box, she inspired the pupils to think creatively to create reactions in their readers and to free pupils from the writing rules that might be constraining them. If you would like to read Debra’s poems, her debut poetry collection "Where Do Wishes Go?" is published by Otter-Barry Books and two of her poems also feature on the LAMDA syllabus. Our thanks to Mrs Doran for organising the event.

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Liverpool College wins North West STEM competition

Congratulations to Heidi B and Riley A in Chapter 9 who are the new MSC North West Science and Technology champions of 2024! Travelling to Liverpool Hope University, the participating students worked in pairs alongside other schools and took part in a full day of challenging workshops, each targeting a different aspect of STEM. The most challenging was perhaps involved programming Mindstorms robots to navigate a predetermined course. The winners will now go forward to the National STEM Championships next term! A massive well done to all involved.

Mrs Doran

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Ch9 Medics Workshop

Understanding what vital signs of healthy individuals look like is the first step in diagnosing unhealthy patients. Using a wide variety of real medical equipment (pulse oximeters to measure pulse rate and oxygen saturation levels, thermometers to measure temperature, stethoscopes to listen to breathing, peak flows to measure lung capacity and sphygmomanometers to measure blood pressure) pupils  were able to compare the vital signs of a range of clinical case scenarios and offer possible medical diagnoses. Further evidence was then presented to test pupils' theories, including xrays, lung sounds and patient telemedicine interviews. A wonderful workshop to inspire future medics!

Mrs Doran

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Police Photofit workshop – Liverpool College are Regional Winners!

Have you ever wondered what sort of witness you might make if you were to observe a crime? Could you recall facial details and distinguishing features? This week, Chapter 9 pupils were given the incredibly unique opportunity of exploring forensic facial composite software, effectively used in real police investigations, to construct facial composites of offenders as observed by witnesses and victims of crime. After lessons in the features of computer software, the pupils were then surprised with news of a theft within the classroom by a recent female visitor, and then asked to use the software to create a photofit of the perpetrator. Competing against others schools in a North West heat, the winners of the closest photofit competition were two of our very own students – Tom C and Luca H, who both were awarded trophies to recognise their high level of technical skills.

Mrs Doran

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Game changing!

Chapter 10 and Chapter 12 students interested in careers in gaming and programming attended in a superb event this week. Hosted by Liverpool Hope University, the event included some of the biggest names in the gaming industry. Organized by Liverpool City Region Careers Hub  and All About STEM, the event included representatives from playstation, NextGen, DrawtoCode, Lucid Games and Ripstone. The students learnt that Liverpool City Region (LCR) is home to some of the biggest Games Developers and publishers in the world. The students also learnt about concept design, marketing, testing, intellectual property, how characters are developed from the conceptual to the 3D models and even the role human psychology plays in the field. The students took part in a round robin of five, fabulous, bespoke events,  each designed to explore a different career option available in the Digital and Creative Sector. It was a superb event, and for those interested in a possible career in this field, it really was a game changing experience!

Mrs Doran

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Chapter 6 STEM events at University of Liverpool

On Wednesday a group of Ch6 pupils had a wonderful opportunity to attend Liverpool University to work on developing their STEM skills and higher-level investigative skills. The pupils took part in a number of engaging, interactive activities over the course of the day, especially designed to develop their passion for STEM subject and gain insight into the facilities and opportunities universities have to offer . Sessions included working with polymers to create realistic eyeballs and wiggle worms, exploring space through a planetarium and a series of real-life mathematical challenges. Well done to all who attended.
Mrs Doran 

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