STEM Day – Thursday 2nd July 2015 Posted on: 26 Jun 2015

Twelve months goes quickly at Whitburn Church of England Academy; Year 11 have completed their GCSE exams and it is nearly the end of term!  As has become a tradition it is now time for our annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) day and, as is usual, it is the exhilarating mix of learning and fun for our pupils.

This year the format is a little different to previously, with all pupils doing all the activities across all the different faculties.  The ‘menu’ of activities for our pupils is:

a) Bridge building with the Maths and Computing Faculty – how many Mars Bars can your bridge carry?

b) Spaghetti and marshmallows towers with the Humanities Faculty – how tall can you make your tower before it collapses? What will the pupils do with all the leftover marshmallows?

c) Egg parachutes with the Languages Faculty – can you drop an egg from the first floor balcony without it breaking (health and safety has been reviewed for this activity!)

d) Solar vehicles with the Science and Technology Faculty – how far can you transport Mr Newton’s apples?

The finale for the day will be a whole school gathering in the Septimus Hall. We will be awarding prizes for the winners from the day, followed by a STEM themed quiz for staff and pupils culminating in a battle with gravity on the climbing wall!