Year 10 STEM Challenge
On Tuesday 20th January, Mosslands School students put their design, technology, engineering and maths talents to the test in a one-day challenge set by educational charity,
On Tuesday 20th January, Mosslands School students put their design, technology, engineering and maths talents to the test in a one-day challenge set by educational charity, The Smallpeice Trust, and sponsored by National Grid. Working in small groups, this session was designed to enhance students’ aptitude for problem solving, creativity, design and engineering and was especially geared to complement the National Curriculum.
The 50 Year 10 pupils worked on a project called Supercapacitor Powered Vehicle, where they had to design and construct a buggy, powered by a supercapacitor to complete a specified course. The project not only had time constraints, but also budgetary and aesthetical challenges.
Phil Jones, Smallpeice Trust Associate Officer said “It was very encouraging to see the students so enthusiastic about the project. Their creative thinking and problem solving skills were put to the test as they tackled the tasks in hand. We hope these students will consider engineering when looking to choose future study options. ”
The school’s Gifted and Talented Coordinator, Mr Taylor said “We were delighted to have this opportunity. It will encourage our pupils to connect the taught elements of science and technology to what happens in engineering in the real world. By taking part in this STEM day, students have also developed teamwork and communication skills through a fun project..”
The STEM enrichment day was run by the independent educational charity, The Smallpeice Trust, as part of an on-going programme of activities designed to help young people learn and develop skills in engineering, design, technology and science. The Trust also runs a number of residential courses. For further information visit www.smallpeicetrust.org.uk,