Press Release: Which Newbury School will Make it Digital?

  • You are invited to attend a battle of Engineering prowess.
  • Students will be required to research design and create a solution to a really challenging engineering problem using a BBC micro:bit.
  • The competition will see Private schools and State schools competing side by side for a place in the Final and a trophy for the winning school.

Micro Bit screengrab

On Wednesday 10th February students at Newbury Senior Schools will have the opportunity to battle it out in the initial stages of a national competition to program a micro:bit as they research, design and create a prototype solution to an engineering problem that would challenge many in the industry. And we’d like to invite one of your reporting teams to come along and capture the fun and inspiration that will undoubtedly take place as these neighbouring schools compete.

The competition is part of the BBC’s Make it Digital Campaign which sees Year 7 students across the country being given a micro:bit by the BBC. The micro:bit is a small, wearable device with an LED display that can be programmed in a variety of ways. Designed as a stepping stone into computer coding, the micro:bit can be plugged into a computer to enable children to instantly begin creating with technology.
Park House School’s status as a Centre of Excellence for Computer Science in the South makes it ideally positioned to host this exciting IET event. Pete Marshman, Head of Computer Science and IT at Park House says “Our school is passionate about giving our students new and exciting opportunities to engage in STEM subjects. A strong UK economy relies on great engineering output, and it is crucial to get the engineers of the future interested at an early age”.

Teams of six students each from Park House, St Gabriels, Trinity School, John O Gaunt, and The Downs will meet at Park House School on Wedesday 10th February for the IET Faraday Challenge. The winning team on the day will receive a trophy for the school and a prize for the students involved and top teams from across the UK will be invited to an all-expenses paid trip to pit their wits against the best engineers at schools across the country to a cash prize of £1,000.

The event is sponsored by The Science & Technology Facilities Council, Bosch, the UK Electronic Skills Foundation and the Jack Petchey Foundation to showcase to students the benefits of careers within Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Notes to Editors:

  • Park House is a secondary School and Sixth Form of 1,000 students ranging from 11 to 18 years of age. Consistently performing in the top 15% nationally for A Level and AS Level results, the School is the Centre of Excellence for Teaching Computer Science for the South of England. Holding Academy status enables Park House to enjoy the freedom to receive independent investment to offer students more opportunities. In 2012 Park House was the only academic institution to be awarded the ‘Inspired By 2012’ Mark by the Cabinet Office.