After having proven their creativity, leadership, effective teamwork and demonstrated their enquiring minds during a STEM ( Science. Technology. Engineering and Maths) day at Anglo, a group of very excited students boarded the minibus to travel to the Essex University campus in Southend. It was here that they embarked on a 2 day programme of STEM ( Science. Technology. Engineering and Maths) activities sponsored, once again, by the smallpeice charitable organisation (https://www.smallpeicetrust.org.uk/).
Out of the 6 schools participating, Anglo represented 30% of the participants and consequently had students in all of the 12 groups. After a welcome address, an ice breaker activity of building a shelter out of paper, and listening to a keynote speech from a medical engineer the students broke off into their groups. Their challenge was to build a working speaker by soldering components onto a circuit board, designing and building a case for a specific market and then pitching their speaker to a panel of judges.
Day 2 was a very special day presented by ambassadors from the Bloodhound SSC group (http://www.bloodhoundssc.com/) The Bloodhound SSC is four wheels, 7.5 tonnes, 135,000 bhp of ultimate jet and rocket powered car that in October of this year will hopefully break the land speed record in South Africa by reaching a speed of 1000mph. A video can be found here. https://youtu.be/_JENG0Z8AMk After an interesting an informative talk about the project the students engaged in 2 tasks in their teams. One was reflecting the IT side of the project where they had to write a code for a robot (car) to enable it to perform a series of set tasks. The second challenge was to build a rocket car that would go the furthest distance from jet propulsion. They had expert advice about drag, torque, lift and many other aspects of shape design form one of the bloodhound engineers. One of our students were in each of the winning teams and received a stunning prize. Their names will be painted onto the tail fin of the Bloodhound and after travelling at 1000mph will remain there for all to see forever.
We cannot thank Smallpeice enough for their generous funding of this event for our students. If anyone is interested in similar residential courses that can be attended on a personal basis without any school contact (fees are charged) then please check out their website above and click on the ‘courses’ tab. There are over 50 courses covering Years 9-12.