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!
On Friday 8th of March, Court Fields Community School played host to an EDF sponsored Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) day. The course was open to 40 year 9 students and run by Simon with help from two EDF graduates and Mr Walton.
The day began with a talk about nuclear power plants, how they work and the different jobs done inside of them. We then learned that the source of the energy came from Uranium which is imported from countries such as Australia.
The Uranium is transported in yellow pressurised containers which are full of water to keep the element cool as it still emits radiation. The students then learned that safety was of the utmost importance and the activity would be based around this idea.
The task of the day was to design and build a vehicle to house an egg (representing the Uranium) which would be fired out of a compressed air canon. Working in teams we developed a vehicle that would both protect the egg and travel as far as possible.
The day was a huge success and we enjoyed working in a team. We developed our design, making and testing skills, and all the groups accomplished their objective. Unfortunately I was not part of the EGGcellent winning team that managed to fire their vehicle 5.5metres without breaking the egg.
STEM correspondent Ben Walmsley Rb10/Year 9