STEM EVENT

100 1208 1Year 8 pupils attended a STEM event in the hall on Monday 7th March to help enthuse them in the many different uses of Science, Technology English and Maths in everyday life. In the theme of Waves the pupils learnt how sound can change an object and how the HM Forces use sound waves to detect objects and people e.g. SONAR and RADAR. They also learnt about how powerful waves are and how the boats in the Royal Navy have to be designed to reduce friction and travel at fast speeds whilst not wasting fuel. Fibre optics were also demonstrated so pupils understood how our Fibre Optic Broadband works and how that is similar to using the same cables for sending images through the wires. The pupils really enjoyed the event, so much so that we have been offered a repeat event next year!

Scholastic Book Club

fos-badge-250The new selection from our Scholastic Book Club is now available.
The latest date you can place your order at http://schools.scholastic.co.uk/the-north-kesteven is now April 29th, 2016. If you prefer to order through our school library please ask the library staff for more information.
If you haven’t ordered yet, why not take a look at some of the great offers across a huge range of titles. Every order earns free books for our school.

Career Inspiration

career inspirationWe are very grateful to the professionals who came into NKS on the 2nd March to deliver a career related talk to our Year 9 students. Representatives from lots of local organisations including the RAF, Lincolnshire Police, Lincs2Nepal, United Lincolnshire NHS Trust, Lincs FM, Asda, Shooting Star PR, North Kesteven District Council and Lincolnshire County Council spent an hour informing the inquisitive students about their current role and their educational and career pathway. They had lots of questions to ask and activities to complete, learning a lot in the process. As well as holding events such as these, we also have the services of an independent careers advisor, alongside a careers assistant who is based in school. They are always happy to help our students with any career/work experience related queries they may have!

E-Safety Primary Workshop

E-Safety Primary WorkshopYear 13 BTEC Theatre in Education students visited Manor Leas Junior Academy on the 24th February to perform a piece of drama based on E-safety and staying safe online. Their piece was entitled 'Stop It To Block It' . They performed to Year 3 and 4 pupils who then took part in workshops led by our students. Manor Leas said that their students thoroughly enjoyed the performance and, showing the diversity of the creative arts across the entire curriculum, have invited the sixth formers back to deliver a piece based on business and enterprise.

Sporting Master Class

sporting master classOn the 24th February North Kesteven School hosted the first of a series of sporting master classes for local primary school children.

Over 120 Year 4 and Year 5 children joined us on our new 3G pitch for an afternoon of coaching by budding professionals from the Lincoln City Youth Team. The children worked in small groups as they were closely mentored by the players on various ball related exercises. Everyone had a lot of fun, developed new skills and made new friends! Thank you to LCFA and local primary schools for your support!

Other classes this year will include cricket, health and fitness, swimming and a session with the British Cycling Team. Information to be released in due course, watch this space!

Business & Economics Trip to Stamford Bridge!

IMG 2443 2Year 12 & 13 A-Level Business and Economics students from the North Hykeham Joint Sixth Form visited London on the 19th & 20th January to further enrich their classroom studies. Their tour of the Bank of England Museum included an opportunity to hold a gold bullion bar worth a whopping £344,000! Students also examined how the Bank of England uses interest rates to help the economy. On the second day, students were taken on a business tour of Stamford Bridge, home of Chelsea Football Club. They listened as hosts explained how a match day is financed and took a closer look at the latest sponsorship deals that Chelsea had received, worth an estimated £40 million per season!

Pictured are our students along with Business Studies teacher Mrs Myers in the Chelsea Football Club changing rooms!

Meabh meets MARC

Meabh and MARCIf somebody had told me that last week I would be at the University of Lincoln playing rock, paper, scissors with a robot I would probably have just laughed at them but that is what happened: -

Like all good Journalists, using your contacts is essential to getting a good story. Until recently my Mum worked at the University of Lincoln and when I saw an advert asking for volunteers to interact with MARC, (Multi-Actuated Robotic Companion), I asked her if she still had any contacts at the University who could help me be a part of this fascinating study.

Conducted by robotics experts from the University of Lincoln, the study found that a person is much more likely to warm to an interactive robot if it shows human-like ‘cognitive biases’ – deviations in judgement which form our individual characteristics and personalities, complete with errors and imperfections.

The investigation was conducted by PhD researcher Mriganka Biswas and overseen by Dr John Murray from the University of Lincoln’s School of Computer Science. After a few email conversations with Mriganka I managed to get him to agree to a chat about his studies and let me meet MARC.

The design of MARC is supplied by the open source project InMoov. I asked Mriganka why he decided to introduce flaws in to the robot’s ‘character’ for this study?

“Our research explores how we can make a robot’s interactive behaviour more familiar to humans, by introducing imperfections such as judgemental mistakes, wrong assumptions, expressing tiredness or boredom for a repetitive task like factory work or car production. By developing these cognitive biases in the robots and making them behave as imperfectly as humans we have shown that flaws in their ‘characters’ help humans to understand, relate to and interact with the robots more easily.”

To watch my interview with Mriganka Biswas and see me play Paper, Scissors, Stone with MARC click http://youngjournalistacademy.com/2016/02/19/yja-meets-marc/

Primary Dance Thank You

FullSizeRender 5A MASSIVE thank you to all the local primary schools who participated in the Primary Dance Festival. This culminated in three performances at the Terry O'Toole Theatre on the 11th February and several educational workshops at North Kesteven School. Lots of young people were involved and have worked really hard to produce pieces which were shown to parents and the other schools. It was a fantastic evening full of creativity and teamwork and we hope to see you again soon!

It’s a Fairy Tale!

reception display 3Mia Thorpe in Year 13 who studies BTEC Art has completed these amazing creations for Unit 3 of her course which is about ideas and concepts. Mia's theme is fairy tales! The dress designs are located in our main reception so please do pop by and have a look!