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STEM not a Bridge too far for our students

posted 23 Nov 2016, 23:27 by Web Admin

On Thursday 8th November,  a large group of year 8 and 9 students selected from the Most Able program were treated to a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) day run by graduate trainee engineers from Network Rail.  During the day the students worked in teams of six to complete two challenges.  They were asked to build a bridge to span a 90cm gap out of a few basic resources, and in the afternoon they used Lego to create a mechanism for a level crossing gate.  The students worked brilliantly and the best bridge in the morning was so strong that the team running the day did not have enough weight to break it!  They told us that this was the strongest bridge any group of students had built in the schools they had visited.  Our students were really enthusiastic about the different challenges and the day helped our more able group of students to build their problem-solving and team work skills as well as to learn about the kind of work that engineers can do.

The winning team on the day has been invited to a special trip out to Network Rail’s headquarters at the Quadrant in Central Milton Keynes.

"I really enjoyed the STEM day on Thursday 8th November as I learnt a lot about what Network Rail does.  I found it really fun when we had to make the strongest bridge because I worked with people I wouldn’t normally work with.  When we were building the level crossing, I enjoyed how we all had different roles that we had to stick to.  For example, I was the project manager and I had to overlook the whole group and how we were working together."

Alexis Coveney   Year 9