Funded by investment from the Lincolnshire Institute of Technology (IOT), Lincoln UTC will use a brand-new minibus to provide opportunities for students at local secondary schools to access industry-relevant engineering skills through project-based learning.
Principal of Lincoln UTC, John Morrison, has developed a series of project days that will be offered free of charge to secondary schools across the county. Projects will highlight key technological concepts to ensure students learn the skills needed for successful careers in engineering.
John said: “In one project students will design and build a Scalextric network with traffic lights that should automatically stop cars at junctions if they were on a collision course, highlighting some key concepts in electrical circuit design.
In another, students will use a giant set of Mecanno to design and build a fully functioning go kart from scratch and then race against each other.
These projects have been carefully designed to encourage learning that is independent from the teacher, allowing students to plan and organise their own approaches and learn vital skills.”
Institutes of Technology are unique collaborations between employers, higher, and further education providers. They are specialising in delivering higher-level technical skills which aim to help close skills gaps and improve productivity. The Government is backing the new institutes with £170 million of capital funding.
The Lincolnshire Institute of Technology is being
established to open opportunities for students to gain industry-relevant skills
to help tackle some of the key challenges facing the technology industries.