Monday 28th April saw a faithful band of SATRO volunteers head to the University of Surrey Wider Participation Event in Guildford to help support and guide 150 Year 8 students, from numerous schools around Surrey, through the vagaries of the SATRO Business Game. The students were placed into 19 teams which later became stationery companies and each team had either their own student ambassador courtesy of the University, or one of our own volunteers as a business advisor. More of our volunteers were on hand to play the various roles inherent in business with ‘the buying team’ negotiating hard with the students, many of whom refused to compromise. Bank accounts were opened and money managed whilst ‘the bosses’ kept everyone on track.
These student comments illustrate the valuable skills learnt...
"I learned more about working in a team and it has helped me think about what sort of job I would like in the future. It was harder than I expected but I enjoyed it."
"I learnt how to adjust to working with people that I've never met before. I learned how a company works and how much work is needed in a company, and also the roles that are given to people."
For all who were involved, the day was hugely enjoyable with everyone being impressed by the students’ eagerness to learn and take part.
As one of our dedicated volunteers summed up, "An excellent use of business terms and ideas for students to understand and implement. A great insight into the world of work."
Wednesday, 30 April 2014
Thursday, 24 April 2014
Friday, 18 April 2014
On this day in 1925, the first Woman’s World’s Fair in the U.S was officially opened in Chicago, Illinois, by Mrs Calvin Coolidge. For eight days, it displayed women’s progress in 70 industries. This showed the diversification since the 1893 World’s Fair, where the only example of women’s handiwork was the sewing exhibit. The numerous booths at the fair showed women’s accomplishments in the arts, literature, science and industry. These exhibits were also intended as a source for young women seeking information on careers. Among the exhibitors at the fair were major corporations, such as Illinois Bell Telephone Company and the major national and regional newspapers. Local manufacturers, banks, stores, hospitals, and women inventors, artists, and lawyers set up booths demonstrating women’s contributions in these fields and possibilities for employment. The 1925 fair raised $50,000 and was so successful that it was held for three more years.
Tuesday, 15 April 2014
Find out more about Apprenticeships here.
Monday, 14 April 2014
- Work experience opportunities
- Companies who want to recruit school and college leavers with GCSEs and/or A levels using STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths)
- Apprenticeships and jobs with training leading to recognised qualifications
Students who are interested should email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
They can also follow SATROClub on twitter: @Satroclub for facts, jobs and general information.
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Friday, 11 April 2014
Thursday, 10 April 2014
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Wednesday, 9 April 2014
In 1959, NASA disclosed the selection of America’s first seven astronauts for Project Mercury. Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard and Donald Slayton were chosen from 110 applicants. They then embarked on a training program at Langley, which ranged from a graduate-level course in introductory space science to simulator training and scuba-diving. Project Mercury, NASA’s first high profile program, was an effort to learn if humans could survive in space. NASA required astronaut candidates to be male, under 40 years old, no more that 5’11” in height and in excellent physical condition. On 5th May 1961, Alan Shepard, on of the seven applicants to be chosen, became the first American in space.
Tuesday, 8 April 2014
After five months working with their mentor from Cisco, the overall winner of this year’s challenge was the team from Tiffin Girls’ School. Their idea for an app On-Sign (and Kid-Sign) - which show a signer (for deaf viewers) on a mobile or tablet computer alongside the TV – was chosen by the X-factor judges ahead of other brilliant apps from ten other schools. The teams had a great day at Cisco’s HQ at Bedfont Lakes including a wonderful exchange with Dr Lance Ford in his office in Arizona.
Monday, 7 April 2014
70 students, from a range of different year groups (14-16 Yr olds) at The Howard of Effingham School got to meet a huge variety of business professionals on Thursday 3rd April during a frantic 1 ½ hours of Careers Speed Dating. We had scientists, engineers, a software developer, web designers, a copy writer, a film and video producer, a florist, a creative learning manager, a lawyer, marketing & computer effects manager, an accountant, a psychologist, a life coach, all of whom were passionate & enthusiastic about their chosen careers.
The students were put into small groups and had 5 minutes to quiz their business volunteer, who was only allowed to answer yes or no thereby requiring the students to try & guess their profession. A further 5 minutes of frantic questioning followed to ascertain exactly what they did for a living and how they had got where they were. A whistle sounded and another willing volunteer from a different profession presented themselves for questioning.
It was fast, frenetic and enormous fun with the students commenting afterwards "I enjoyed talking and getting an insight into the different jobs and seeing the different career opportunities.”, and "I am surprised that there are such a wide variety of jobs available and that you can get a long way by working your way up in a company. I enjoyed hearing about the businesses, people's jobs and how they got there." What was clear from their feedback was that it had really changed their perception of what the future holds for them & makes it seem less daunting.
Thursday, 3 April 2014
Two Discovery Science Workshops took place in local schools over the past two days: Shottermill Infant School in Haslemere and Ottershaw Primary School in Chertsey. Over 150 pupils across the two schools participated. The pupils at Ottershaw Primary learnt about the forces and engineering behind building water rockets and had the chance to build and launch their own. Meanwhile, the pupils at Shottermill Infant School also built and learnt about water rockets during the morning. The afternoon session was devoted to investigating forces in structures and a K’nex Structure Challenge in which they had to towers using K’nex and their engineering knowledge in a time limit of 50 minutes.
The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the activities and learnt new concepts. One pupil said, "I enjoyed myself today and I would love to do it again!" A teacher commented, "I am a school governor, observing science lessons, I am also an engineer! I was hugely impressed and inspired by this lesson. It is so important that our children understand the value of science and engineering. What I have seen today is vital if we are to achieve this. I feel honoured to have witnessed today's lesson."
Another two Rocks and Soils workshops were held this week in Leatherhead schools: at West Hill school and St Peter's RC Primary school. Led by SATRO’s professional geologist, participants had a hands-on opportunity to investigate rock specimens and even had an opportunity to make impressions of some fossils. Simple experiments were conducted to identify different mineral samples and an introduction to soils enabled the pupils to have an understanding of their geological environment. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the workshop, one commented "I really enjoy science and I especially like geology. I think I might be a Paleontologist. I loved this and I hope they come again." another said, "It was really fun because I learnt a lot today...I really want to do it again and again." These two workshops were kindly sponsored by the GeoScience Department at ExxonMobil.