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Year 10 trip to Thames Treatment Works
On 1st May two groups of year 10 Science GCSE pupils were invited to visit Thames Water Treatment Works near Slough.
Pupils started the day by exploring what good problem solving looked like in the purpose built classroom and were then introduced to Thames Water and what they do by one of their representatives. Pupils discovered that Thames Water are the biggest UK water and waste water services company and found out a little about how Thames water provide clean drinking water through a variety of interactive teamwork tasks. They experimented with a selection of wipes to explore which are truly flushable and which are definitely a problem for the drainage system and treatment works.
After an informative, if rather smelly, tour of the site to see the treatment processes in action pupils returned to the on-site classroom to have lunch and then complete a Network Challenge engineering task in their teams. Pupils were challenged to supply five customers on a giant map, with water from a water tower using pipes, taps and connectors, while adhering to a strict set of rules e.g. not passing through areas of scientific interest, or only using existing bridges to cross railways and rivers. The results were tested using real water and thankfully all teams were successful and did not leave any customers without water or spring any leaks. One pupil stated “ I`d never thought of being an engineer but it was really good fun and uses lots of skills that I like to use all the time.”
The pupils were impeccably behaved and learnt a lot about possible jobs in the future, what goes on at the treatment works so we can have clean water and how they can play their part to help in every-day life. A volunteer at Thames water Said ” I have been so impressed by the problem solving, the decision making and the communication in these teams. These skills are essential to everyday lives and, in terms of careers, these are the all-important skills that employers are looking for.”
Headteacher: Mrs Anna Dawson B Ed, Cert Ed Special Needs
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