On Wednesday 3rd May, students from Year 8 and 9 participated in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) morning run by an Engineer from The Smallpiece Trust, a charity which aims to inspire young people and promote engineering careers.
The first task was to consider what an engineer actually is and the impact that engineers make on our day-to-day lives (e.g. with buildings, roads, trains, making fabrics for clothing, chemical engineering of things like toothpaste, etc.).
The second task was to consider how engineers could play a part in securing a sustainable energy future (the energy challenge). This involved the students making a wind turbine blade that they could then test to measure the voltage output. Students would then go away and modify their turbine to create the maximum energy output.
The final task was to make a solar powered car. Students had to build their own solar car and then charge it so that it would travel the length of the hall and end up in a box at the far side of the hall. This didn’t mean making the fastest car or the car that would travel the furthest, it was more about how accurately could they make and charge their car.
The students had a brilliant time and learned about the importance of engineering. We were proud to hear from our engineer visitor that it was “the best session he had run this year, if not ever”, because the students were so well behaved, engaged and focused.