19/03/2010 by mcmakarolyn
Manchester Creative and Media Academy (Girls) students were given an insight into the Army lifestyle at a recent Personal Development Activity Day.
Students from the PE and Dance department went to the Royal Engineer Territorial Army (TA) in Failsworth for the event.
They discovered how the Royal Engineers operate, plus the job opportunities available there via presentations and practical activities.
The girls worked individually and in teams; which encouraged them to enhance their team building, communication, problem solving and leadership skills, as well as their competitive spirit.
The day included completing virtual missions in state of the art ‘pods’ where accuracy, fitness, decision making, bomb disposal and observational skills are tested.
The students produced maps, using technological advancements in map making.
The Royal Engineers gave a presentation about the wide number of careers available, including commando training, bridge building and bomb disposal.
Pupils then conducted practical exercises. They used searching techniques to find hidden explosives in a vehicle, one had to be fixed to complete a karting challenge and the students crossed a mock minefield, applying rules and conditions in order to transport each team to safety.