S2 Construction Challenge
The Design Manufacture and Graphics (DMG) department entered ten S2 pupils into the annual Construction and Built Environment Challenge ‘CABEC’ on the 12th November 2015, and successfully won this heat held within West Lothian College.
We are exceptionally proud of the ten Whitburn Academy pupils who participated on the day as it was evidently clear to see the level of teamwork and dedication shown to complete challenges. They arrived at the event feeling the pressure from last year’s victory on their shoulders, however worked remarkably well as a group of 5 girls and 5 boys, and strived to succeed to the best of their abilities. All of our pupils really enjoyed the day and are very excited to say the least about competing in the final in January 2016.
Our pupils had to compete against schools from across Edinburgh and the Lothian’s in order to reach the final, which will be held in January 2015. The pupils worked extremely hard competing in 3 main challenges which were:
- BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTING A GARDEN TRELLIS: from given sizes, planks of wood, the use of new tools, equipment and plans.
- BUILDING FLOOR JOISTS SECURED WITH BRACKETS: from working plans, boxes of brackets and decoys, large planks of wood and power drills.
- PROBLEM SOLVING AN AREA TO BE MONOBLOCKED: from given patterns, instructions, tools and sand/cement mix.
The Construction and Built Environment Challenge ‘CABEC’ is a fantastic way for pupils as young as 12 to experience a taster into the life and world of work within the Construction Trade that schools simply cannot offer. The initial Heats are exciting and vibrant to the pupils and already offer experiences and skills sets that enhance the skills learned within the Design, Manufacture and Graphics Departments within schools.
We truly love bringing pupils along to this event each year as the drive and determination shown from the pupils is magnificent, and the level and quantity of new life skills learned and developed creates a huge satisfaction for both pupils and staff alike. We are extremely proud of them all. They performed very professionally, listened well to one another, showed great communication skills and acted as great ambassadors for our school!
All pupils involved really enjoyed the experience and took away great life skills, and potential career interests. Well Done to Elena, Marc, Taibah, Adam, Jenna, Joshua, Anna, Sam, Anna and Zak, who made up the 2 teams.
Please visit our Image Gallery to see a number of photographs from the event.