College set to inspire the next generation with singing jelly babies and robotics at the Thames Valley Skills Show

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Inspiring the next generation of inventors, designers and engineers, East Berkshire College is pleased to announce that it will be exhibiting at the Thames Valley Skills Show at Ascot Racecourse on 14th October 2014.

Providing a practical insight into a wide range of careers and courses, the College will deliver hands-on activities covering industries from catering and beauty therapy to engineering and construction.

For example, the College's engineering and IT departments will be demonstrating some of the latest technologies including a state-of-the-art 3D printer, a quadcopter, robotics and Raspberry Pi programming. Visitors to the show, which is aimed at 14-25 year olds, will have the chance to 'have a go' at making a jelly baby sing using Raspberry Pi programming, discover how to design and produce objects using the latest 3D printer, play a vegetable piano using a circuit board or even programme a quadcopter to fly.

The College will also be asking budding inventors to come up with a new use for everyday household items in a special reinvention challenge. For instance, a fire extinguisher could be transformed into a drinks dispenser.

The 2,000 young people attending the show will also have the opportunity to take part in a series of other interactive tasks designed by the college to inspire and challenge them. Highlights will include the chance to create beautiful and edible marzipan flowers, learn the art of sushi making, change a car wheel, take a spark plug challenge, try their hand at prop making or dressing a mannequin for a window display, carpentry challenges, sports agility tests and even nail art. The College's qualified careers advisers will also be on hand to deliver impartial advice on careers, courses and funding.

Principal Kate Webb, explains: "East Berkshire College is delighted to be part of the Thames Valley Skills Show as it is a fun and interactive way to highlight the almost endless career opportunities and courses available locally. At the event, the College will be providing young people with a chance to explore engineering, IT, catering, visual merchandising, sports, construction and motor mechanics through a series of hands-on activities. These will include prop making, sugar craft, nail art, plumbing, 3D printing and a reinvention challenge."

The Thames Valley Skills Show Experience will be the largest skills event for young people that Berkshire has ever hosted. In addition to East Berkshire College, over 60 employers and training providers will be exhibiting at the event including 3M, British Airways, Gillette and Marks & Spencer.

Pupils from schools across the Thames Valley will be attending the show from 9.30am-2.30pm, while from 3pm-6pm young people aged 14-25 are invited to visit the show by booking their place via

The event is funded by the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) which has been awarded funding from the European Social Fund and Skills Funding Agency to deliver with its partners a programme of inspiring and interactive events throughout Thames Valley to raise awareness of skills, training and apprenticeships.

From catering and hairdressing to IT and engineering, East Berkshire College offers a range of over 800 courses, which include BTEC programmes, A Levels, GCSE pathways, apprenticeships and traineeships.

For more information on East Berkshire College, click here or call 0845 373 2500. For more details on the Thames Valley Skills show, please visit

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