On Tuesday 19th September 2017, 60 of our aspiring Triple Science students in year 9 took part in a Science and engineering challenge as we held our first inspirational STEM Day in 2017.
At 9am, pupils were divided into teams and welcomed an external expert (provided by E.on Power) to set the challenge, provide the tools and guidance to our pupils.
The STEM challenge was to design and create a Wind Turbine which was; aesthetically pleasing, as tall as possible (to catch the strongest winds), stable (so as not to be damaged by the wind) and produce the maximum amount of electrical power (by designing an efficient turbine hub, blades and electrical generator). In addition, the teams were given a restricted budget to manage (to ensure effective design and build costs) and placed a focus on the maintenance and health and safety aspects of the project. At the end of the day, the teams had to ‘pitch’ their STEM Challenge projects in a ‘Dragons Den’ style to their peers and an independent assessor.
Congratulations are deserved for all those that took part, but specifically the top 3 teams:
1st Place Team – (50 Points)
Joint 2nd Place Teams – (Both with 49 Points)
The top 3 wind turbine designs are currently in reception on display.
“…It made me very proud to see our Emmanuel students working so collaboratively and ingeniously, to resolve the problems and issues that this challenge presented them with. The day really enhanced their understanding of what undertaking a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects really required, and I have every confidence that these pupils will now go on to achieve more, with even bigger and better opportunities to push the boundaries when they choose to study Science further at GCSE and into their A-Levels at the Nottingham Emmanuel Sixth Form.
With lots of fantastic ideas and creations, we hope this day will be something extra for the pupils to refer to in their personal statements, when we support them applying to university and apprenticeships in year 13.” Mr Vasey – School Improvement Leader for Science
We wanted to Thank all parents for their support in helping the pupils to be the best they can be in Science.
Look out for our ‘Big Bang Science Fair’, ‘Sea Life Centre’ and ‘Magna Science Park’ visit updates, later in the year.