Wednesday 2nd December 2009 by C. Freeman
The Year 10 BTEC Construction students have been carrying out science projects to determine the density of different building materials. Mr Tiktin is teaching the maths and science unit to the group, which is the theory that underpins the practical side of the course. Each week there is one lesson of coursework and a further day up at the Corby Training Academy at Oakley Hay where they learn trades such as carpentry, electrics and brick-laying.
Mr Tiktin said: 'We've been measuring density of breezeblocks, bricks and conti-board. I've given them the problem of measuring the density of something that's an odd shape. Therefore they have to fill an object with water, load the brick in, displace the water and then measure the increased volume to get their answer.'
Mrs Wilkins, who oversees the group, said: 'There's 12 students on the construction course and they absolutely love it. Lots of them will be looking for jobs or apprenticeships in the construction industry, while others want to study at further and higher education levels. There's a massive mixture in terms of what they want to do, they're a really strong group.'