Curriculum –> Science
The Science Faculty at Court Fields recently organised a STEM day to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
The theme of the day was based around the variety of science used in and around Hinkley Point Nuclear power station. The day started with some information about careers in EDF and apprenticeships that are available at Hinkley Point.
The focus was then placed on explaining the workings of a nuclear reactor and the importance of safety when transporting the uranium fuel rods. Students were set a task to design a vehicle that would be launch using a high pressure air pump. The vehicle would be carrying an egg and the task was to ensure that the design of their vehicle protected the egg and allowed it to travel the furthest. The designs had to be constructed following strict criteria, including a budget. Working in groups of five, the students spent two hours designing, building and testing their vehicles – with rubber eggs.
In the afternoon the competition began with the groups firing their rockets across the sports hall with boiled eggs as cargo. The competition was close but a few points separating the top five vehicles, but only the top three made it to the final, with the raw egg.
All the finalists presenting their work and answered questions about their designs. In the final, group 4 took a commanding lead sending their egg safely over 15 metres. The other groups never caught up but did have safe landings for their cargo.
The champions were awarded their prize and all the eggs got home safely.
On Friday the 13th of November 100 year 8 students took part in a STEM challenge day organised by EDF and Stem works. The students worked in groups of 5 and were asked to design and build a model car that would be able to be fired through the air at high pressure, to safely deliver an unbroken egg upon landing. They were given budget to buy materials they needed to build the car and were allowed to choose how they used the money. The students needed to use team work, planning, Maths, design and Scientific skills to successfully fire their vehicle as far as possible.
It was a brilliant, buzzing atmosphere and wonderful to see students working together, using all of their different skills to be the best team on the day. Everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy the experience and have asked when they can do it again!