Prospective students who attended the South Wiltshire UTC open evening could make their own Christmas decorations engineered by the Year 10 UTC students using plywood and acrylic.

As part of their tour of the Wilton Road college building, the young students showed their potential by assembling their own decorations from the materials.

The UTC fosters young people interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects. At the event, local top employers, including Babcock (Defence Support Group), Chemring Countermeasures, Porton BioPharma, QinetiQ, Navy Careers, University of Southampton, Dstl, Cranfield University, Roke Manor, Ocado Engineering and Flowplant demonstrated their support for the college.

Grace Basinger-Adams from Gillingham visited the UTC with her dad.

Interested in maths and science, 13-year-old Grace said: “I wanted see what the UTC could offer me compared to my current school.”

Principal of the UTC, Joe Mulligan, in his welcome speech described a UTC as a big school. “UTCs sit somewhere between school and a college, and offer a calmer and more grown-up environment. With our fantastic facilities, specialist equipment, experienced teaching staff, and links with employers, we are inspiring the scientists and engineers of the future.”

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