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RES Apprentice 2016 Round 2

RES Appretice 2016

Round 2 - IBM Hursley, Winchester, Hampshire


On Wednesday 18th the 8 remaining RES Appretices visited IBM’s Emerging Technology Centre in Hursley, Hampshire to face the 2nd round of this competition.

Welcomed by Paul Archer, Big Data Business Development Manager, students were given a tour of the Emerging Technologies Lab and showed some of the latest technologies that IBM were working on. Students were also introduced to Watson Analytics which students found out is a smart data discovery service available on the cloud. It guides data exploration, automates predictive analytics and enables effortless dashboard and infographic creation. Students were then given the Task for this round and working in pairs they started discussing their ideas.


RES Apprentice 2016 Round 2


The Task

Having been shown a range of the emerging technologies that IBM are currently working on as well as some that are already in place in shops and homes, students were to come up with and then present an alternative potential market or selection of businesses that one of the technologies could then be sold to and ultimately stand the best chance of success. Students were to  be judged on a number of key areas so their presentations would have to be clear in their explanations. They would need to consider how good their ideas are, how realistic it is in relation to the market, if there is a potential for it and how well they would sell their idea to the judges.

Students had the weekend until Paul Archer was to return to Rydens School to judge their ideas. On Monday students worked in their pairs on finalising their presentations.

First team up to present was Hamzah Rasheed & Hayden Wood – Their idea was the use of a CO2 monitor which would be placed in care homes and hospitals which would be worked independently from a smart phone or smart watch. This would enable the levels of CO2 to be monitored carefully in these areas. They had the idea of also using Vision goggles for children that had difficulty moving their necks to help them see the world they live in.

Team two was Alex Drummond & Tom Blunden  -  Their idea was aimed at the elderly and with the use of ‘Sphero’ (Computerised robot) as a health assistant in hopsitals saving the time of a nurse. The Sphero would be able to monitor the person, pick up on any irregular habits, monitor blood pressure etc and this would be reported back to the doctor. They felt this would be invaluable to those patients needing monitoring over 24 hours.

Team 3’s idea was presented by Owen Nicholls & Liam Sewell  - They had researched the use of sensors to turn controls in your home on and off. These could be fitted to CO2 sensors, Wi-fi, central heating and there would be a central control hub. They felt this would be invaluable to many householders and they had found out that on average £86 each year is wasted on electrical items left on standby.

Team 4 was Rhys Marshall & Alice Bryant - The Occulus Rift -  The idea was to use the mind operated headgear to help trainee surgeons or University students to perform virtual surgery. Their aim being to increase the percentage chance of patients survival as new techniques could be constantly and safely practiced.


Paul gave invaluable feedback to each of the teams, looked into whether it was a viable idea as well as the costs involved, whether their idea was innovative and the teams overall presentation. Three teams were put through to  the 3rd with one team being fired today. Unfortunately we lose Rhys & Alice from this round.


RES Apprentice 2016 Round 2


A huge well done to all students who put themselves forward to take part in this competition and good luck to those going through to the next round which will take place on the 8th December at The Bingham Hotel, Richmond.


For information about being involved with The Apprentice Competition please contact Sarah Maton - Deputy Head of Claremont House and Business & Enterprise Co-ordinator on either 01932 242994 X361 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
Art Textiles - Visiting Speaker
Tuesday, 15 December 2015 00:00

Art Textiles - Visiting Speaker

Francesca Harris


On Tuesday 15th December, students studying Art Textiles were lucky enough to have a visit from ex student Francesca Harris. She came in to speak to the students about her experience at UCA Epsom where she did a Foundation Course and then went on to study a degree in Fashion.

Francesca bought in a selection of sketch books and spoke to the students about her initial starting points and how her ideas developed. She also bought in a garment from her final degree collection; a striking bomber style jacket made with appliqued crackled orange leather and black faux fur.



Francesca Harris


All the students were amazed to hear the number of designs that Frankie had to complete for each project and asked lots of questions about the courses and what they could expect from Epsom as an institute.

Frankie spoke about her work experience at Peter Pilotto, and her nomination for Graduate Fashion week where her work featured in Vogue!! It was a really inspiring talk.

Frankie also spoke about other aspects of Uni and we got a real insight into life, not just the work side of things. She told us about living with house mates and working together to get deadlines met and about fundraising with other students to be able to pay for the end of year show; you could really see her passion for the subject.


Francesca Harris


Here are a few comments from some of the students:

Jenney Andrade said ‘It was such an informative talk; it was great to see the level you will need to work at. Frankie’s work was so professional, her garment even had a ‘FRANCESCA HARRIS’ tag sewn into it; it looked amazing! It did scare me slightly but it really motivated me at the same time as I am planning on applying to Epsom so I now have a much clearer idea of what to aim for; she gave us so much information which helped. Not everyone gets this.

Nailah Chowdhury said ‘I LOVED her work! It really motivated me to hear her talking about being selected for Graduate Fashion week and the competition she was up against. I hope to do something like this too. Her talk made me really excited about studying at Epsom; when you meet someone who actually went to RES and you see what they have done it makes you realise it’s all possible.


More of Francesca's work can be seen on her website francesca-harris.com

 
Clothes Show Live
Tuesday, 08 December 2015 00:00

Clothes Show Live


On Tuesday 8th December 27 students studying a variety of subjects ranging from Art Textiles, Art, Dance and Photography attended the annual Clothes Show Live at the NEC in Birmingham. During the day students had the opportunity to watch a variety of catwalk shows where models wore outfits ranging from high street fashion to haute couture pieces, some of which were truly amazing.



Clothes Show Live 2015


There was also the chance to see university stands at the show displaying examples of degree work; this was a really valuable experience for the students who are considering going in to a degree in Fashion or Textiles as it allowed them to see what type of work they would be producing and what the different Unis had to offer.


Clothes Show Live 2015


And of course we mustn’t forget the shopping! At the clothes show there are hundreds of stalls selling jewellery, clothing, makeup and shoes to name just a small selection. Everyone was excited and eager to grab a few bargains before Christmas including myself and Miss Willis!



Clothes Show Live 2015


A great day was had by all.


Miss Bayley

(Photos by Hristiana Petrova)

 
A Better World

A Better World


R E S hosted the launch of a song, called “A Better World” which was written by R E S students with students from Heathside and performed by students from 9 different primary and secondary schools. The launch was to signify that the song has gone on sale on iTunes and Amazon and the proceeds, from sales of this song, will go to Shooting Star Chase Childrens’ Hospices – a really worthy cause.


A Better World - via ITunes

A Better World - via Amazon


A Better World

 
Arkwright Scholarships Trust

Arkwright Scholarships Trust


Arkwright Scholarships Trust


The Arkwright Scholarships Trust is a registered charity that administers the most prestigious scholarship scheme of its type in the UK.

They identify, inspire and nurture future leaders in Engineering and technical (as opposed to aesthetic) Design. They do this by awarding Arkwright Engineering Scholarships, through a rigorous selection process, to high-calibre students in year 11.

Their Engineering Scholarships support students through their A Levels and encourage students to pursue Engineering or technical Design at university or through a higher-level apprenticeship and to take up careers in the field.

Every Scholarship is sponsored by industrial companies, universities, charitable trusts, trade associations, professional engineering institutions, the Armed Services, Worshipful Companies, industry regulators or personal donors.

We are very proud of our very own Gareth Littlewood who has successfully won this scholarship, this year, through his hard work and diligence; he has certainly set the bar for future engineers/scientists to follow at R E S.

 
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