STEM is an important aspect of life at Lynch Hill Enterprise Academy. The Academy hosts various STEM events at the school to encourage pupils of all abilities to consider STEM courses and careers. We recently held an evening for pupils and families to look at a range of engineering activities; this included the design, build and testing of their own product.
In February, children were also invited to attend East Berkshire College in Langley to see the outstanding STEM provisions the institution offers. Here they participated in team building activities and project work before the final presentations of their work.
Last year, pupils also took part in an engineering challenge set by SEGRO (Slough Estates Group) and Osborne. Eleven teams of year 7 pupils spent a day with industry professionals from the firms, experiencing how STEM plays a part in every day life. TV presenter and STEM supporter Johnny Ball, joined them. The students visited the Slough Trading Estate to see the size and scale of the 518 ton bridge, currently under construction, before going to Slough Aspire Centre. Here, they learnt how structures like roads and bridges are designed and constructed, before being set the challenge to design and create their own. Their task was to construct a structure that would bear the greatest weight and also be the most aesthetically designed. Experts from Osborne judged the entries, donating book tokens to the winning teams. Johnny Ball agreed “Projects that bring theory to life are the best methods for children to understand the role STEM plays in our world. Today’s visit and competition at Slough Aspire has given the students a fun and insightful experience – one which I hope will spur their interest in a future in STEM subjects.”
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