FIRST® LEGO® League

First Lego League Technology Club

Students at Kingsbury High School have been busy preparing to compete in FIRST LEGO League (FLL®​).

Every lunchtime the students attend a technology club, run by Mr Carver, where they practise FFL’s core values including teamwork, learning together, honouring the spirit of friendly competition and sharing experiences.

So far, students have worked together to assemble very complex models and challenges. They now have only one month to design and engineer a robot to complete all of the challenges and will then be competing against other schools from across the country. Let’s hope they can make it through the heats to the world final in the USA.

STEM talks at Kingsbury High School

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On Tuesday 8th and Tuesday 15th July 2014, former students, who are now working or training in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) industries, were invited back to Kingsbury High to speak to current students about their experiences.

Former students spoke to students from Years 7 and 8 to share ideas about what inspired and enthused them to follow STEM routes at A level and beyond. Mr Cumbers said “Each had their own tales to tell, some straight forward and ‘easy’, others a little more complex and at times feeling unlikely in the extreme. We were very grateful to them for their freely given time to support their own science teachers in spreading the word about STEM and the wonderful opportunities it can hold.”

KHS Wins STEM Competition

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Kingsbury High School has been selected as one of just twenty five schools chosen to receive free LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) resources worth £3,000 as part of a pilot of the Elite Engineering Programme (EEP).

Kingsbury High School was chosen following an application and video entry to the EEP Schools Competition, followed by a campaigning process in England, Scotland and Wales.

The judges prioritised schools that would benefit most from the new resources. They then considered how enthusiastic the school was and how much community support had been shown for the video application.

Kingsbury High School will receive LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 resources for Key Stage 3 students (aged 12+ years) and will also receive free training for teachers, which will explain how to use the materials to deliver the STEM National Curriculum. Students will have the chance to use the LEGO® resources to build sophisticated programmable robots to compete against others, at regional and national contests.

Gareth Boldsworth, Director, LEGO Education Europe explained; “We’re keen to make LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 available to young people who might not otherwise get the opportunity to discover that they have a real flair for engineering. For the EEP pilot we were looking for schools that would work hard to make the pilot a success but currently lacked resources. We had some fantastic entries so the decision process was really tough. Kingsbury High School’s application stood out to the judges and we’re looking forward to working with them.”

Kingsbury High School’s KS4 Co-ordinator for Computer Science, Roshan Bhuwa said “Being one of 25 schools in the country to be selected to take part in the EEP program is a fantastic achievement for Kingsbury High School. Universities are currently not producing enough engineering graduates to satisfy demand and often there are vacant positions left in industry. By winning access to over £3000 worth of state of the art equipment, we hope to inspire Kingsbury High School students to take up a future in STEM in order to help produce the forward thinkers and innovators of tomorrow.”

Watch our winning video:

Year 7 Junior MasterChef

On Thursday 23 May, Year 7 students had a very enjoyable time taking part in a MasterChef style competition. Their creations were judged by Headteacher, Mr Waxman and Head of Technology, Mr Carver. They judged the sushi to be the best, the curry dish, second and two chicken dishes, joint third. Mr Carver commented “All of the dishes were really tasty and the students excelled themselves. I wish I was able to cook as well as them at their age.”

[text by Mr Carver; photography by Steve]

The Robot is Coming…

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On Thursday 14th February, the school was visited by John Pinkney (humanoid) and Nao (robot) from the Warwick ICT Development Service.

Kingsbury High School’s Head of Technology, Chris Carver is currently working in partnership with John, promoting new technologies that enhance and develop teaching and learning.

This partnership directly led to the opportunity to be the first school in London to host Nao. ALDEBARAN Robotics has introduced the humanoid robot into schools world-wide, in order to increase student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Nao was welcomed to KHS by the Head Boy & Girl. He will be on roll as a student until March 8th and is in school to demonstrate how he can engage and inspire students and help with the teaching of ICT and engineering. Nao will be treated like any other student, take part in all aspects of school life and will be expected to arrive on his first day dressed in the new Kingsbury High school uniform.

Watch out for further updates on how he is gets on at Kingsbury High School.

[text by Chris Carver/John Pinkney; photograph by Steve Foster]

The KHS LEGO® Olympics

On Thursday 12th July 2012, Kingsbury High School students from all years took part in a massive LEGO® building project in which they built an Olympic venue from thousands of LEGO® bricks. (kindly provided by LEGO® Education UK).

They constructed the different components of the venue including the stadium, competitors’ village and transport system. They even included an Olympic sized swimming pool. During the building of the competitors’ village the students constructed athlete accommodation including a bed, shower and TV.

The attention to detail in the completed venue shows just how much pride the students took in the project.

The project was organised by the schools Head of Technology: Mr Carver who is also a LEGO® Education UK Academy Certified Trainer. He said “the day was absolutely fantastic as the students used their own creativity to design and build their own interpretation of the London 2012 Olympic venue and village. The school are very grateful to LEGO® Education UK for helping out at such short notice.”

More photographs of the KHS LEGO® Olympics and much more besides can be found on the KHS Technology Blog.

[Text by Mr Carver; Photography by Steve]