Message from UTC Sheffield City Centre

  • Updated: Thursday, 22nd October 2020

    UTC Sheffield City Centre is running a virtual event for Year 12 applicants. Young people, and parents and carers, can find out about our exciting specialisms, with an opportunity to hear from the Principal, Curriculum Director, staff and our employer partners.

    Engineering and Creative and Digital Media: Wednesday 11th November, 5:00pm-6:30pm. Register here.

Message from UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park

Updated: Thursday, 22nd October 2020

UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park is running a series of virtual events for applicants.  Young people, and parents and carers, can find out about our exciting specialisms and hear from the Principal, Curriculum Director, staff and our employer partners.

Computing:  Tuesday 10th November, 5:30-6:20pm

Health Sciences and Social Care: Wednesday 18th November, 5:30-6:20pm

Sport Science: Tuesday 24th November, 5:30-6:20pm

UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park is also offering pre-booked on-site campus tours, strictly for one family (six people maximum) at a time, on November 3rd, 5th, 10th 12th, 17th, 19th, 24th, 26th from 4pm to 6pm. Pre-booking is essential. Visitors will need to comply with Covid-19 safety measures including wearing face coverings and social distancing. Please visit our events page.

UTC Supported Virtual Reality and Prosthetics Project Opens to the Public

Last week UTC Sheffield City Centre students enjoyed an exclusive first look around the Virtual Reality and Prosthetics Exhibition, a collaboration between Sheffield Hallam University and UTC Sheffield funded by the Wellcome Trust. The exhibition will soon move to the Millennium Galleries and then onto Weston Park Museum and will be open to the public.

UTC students were involved in the  Virtual Reality and Prosthetics project behind the exhibition, which aimed to create interactive and virtual reality resources to enable the public to improve their understanding of how joints work and how the brain controls movements, particularly when using prosthetic limbs. The project has stimulated debate about limb loss and views of ‘normality’ and the aim is to carry on this debate through the exhibition.

After the initial viewing of the culimation of their work, UTC Sheffield invited two local primary schools to visit the exhibition: Gleadless Primary School and Arbourthorne Community Primary School.

Made up of a number of different activities and information stations, the exhibition offered students an insight into the reality of limb loss and the impact of virtual reality. Activities included: ‘Solve It’ where students were challenged to wrap a gift with only one hand, ‘Design It’ where students designed their own prosthetic arm, ‘Make It’ where students build up the anatomy of an arm using card, straws and balloons, as well as ‘Joint Physiology’ and ‘Painted Fabrics’ that displayed prosthetics through the ages. Students also had the opportunity to hear from Charlotte, who herself has a prosthetic arm, and experience virtual reality through Occulus Rift.

Commenting on the exhibition, fifteen-year-old UTC student Matt said, ‘It’s been an amazing experience, this is the best thing I’ve ever done. I’m really glad I could be involved.’

Assistant Principal Brigidin Crowther, who leads on the project for UTC, commented, ‘We have had an amazing two days showcasing everything the UTC was set up to achieve – interdisciplinary design, games technology, science, innovation and creativity. It is inspiring to work with our Sheffield Hallam University partners supported by the Wellcome Trust in bringing this exhibition to life. Our students have worked on this project from the beginning and helped to refine the design and workshops in collaboration with young people from Slotshaven Gymnasium, Denmark. The ‘skeleton in a box’, anatomy scanner and virtual reality immersive experience as well as the history of prosthetics and films were particular highlights.’

The Exhibition is now open to the public in the Millennium Galleries and will move onto Weston Park Museum on the following dates:

  • Millennium Galleries 25- 27 October
  • Weston Park Museum 12-13 November

Find out more about the Virtual Reality and Prosthetics Project here: https://vrprosthetics.shu.ac.uk/

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