STEM day

DSCF1874 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.  DSCF1875

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.

 

 

Astronomy Day

On Wednesday 10th June Court Fields School hosted the annual Yr4 Astronomy Day for our primary feeder schools.  During the day there was an emphasis on the Moon, and there was a flour and cocoa powder haze over the school as the students discovered how impact craters were made. As well as many other activities during the day, they also became a living solar system complete with orbiting moons, destructive asteroids and mischievous comets!

 

 

Astronomy day

Last Friday, 29 gifted and talented Yr4 students from the local primary schools landed at Court Fields to take part in our annual Astronomy Day. During the day they learned all about the moon, viewed it through a telescope, and made some moon landers and a sundial. They then all became a huge human solar system, including asteroids and comets, which was so much fun we had to do it twice. After lunch they plotted out some star constellations on the inside of black umbrellas representing the night sky in June and then we all went out onto the playing field and launched two impressive rockets with a parachute recovery system to finish the day off with a bang!

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