Teens spent a day at Sky’s HQ in Isleworth last week, which proved that maths and physics skills are important to anyone who wants to pursue a career in broadcasting.
Kick-starting the day with an ice-breaker, a total of 41 pupils from Swakeleys School for Girls, Oxsted School, Uxbridge High School and Southfields got to know each other better through human bingo. Students then moved onto an exciting team building activity that involved create a bridge using only A4 paper and paperclips with a budget. After being allocated into groups, students worked together and used strategic methods to build a stable bridge that a member of the team could crawl through without it breaking.
Sky’s Head of Field, David Hawes, 44, from Hertfordshire has been working for the company for four years. Hawes was a guest speaker at the Best School Trip (BST), he said: “Technology is always growing and physics is a useful skill. If a cable or wire isn’t working then our engineers will find a solution to fix it.”
He also explained maths skills are essential because leaders always have to manage a budget.
Gill Heath, 64 is a Science Technician at Oxsted School and explains Your Life’s BSTs are incredible and they are making students aware of the opportunities that they could take up. Heath says: “Best School Trips have certainly opened my eyes, in comparison to what I thought was available before I came here. Visiting the company and seeing how they feel and how they talk to the kids and what they want from the kids is great. I think it is a real eye opener.”
Students received a tour of the Sky Sports studio and were later given their second challenge, the twirling bird challenge. This involved teens getting into groups and making a paper bird and creating folds in certain ways so that the bird would repeatedly twirl once letting it go from a height. Teams competed with one another to see which group could make the most twirling birds in a limited amount of time.
Chelsea Brennan, 15, who is in year 10 studying at Swakeleys School for Girls in Uxbridge thoroughly enjoyed this task, she said: “The twirling bird challenge was my favourite part of the day as it brought everyone close and it was fun meeting new people.” She also said the day had left her with persuading facts and information and now believes it is very important to consider STEM subjects for A-Level options.
Choosing STEM subjects at A-Level is more important now than ever before with the future being so digital and tech focused and can open up a number of doors in the future for pupils in jobs that are both exciting and interesting.