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Students win at STEM design & make competiton

Miss Davies, Graphics Teacher

On Tuesday 3rd October, I took a group of 12 students from Years 9-12 to take part in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Competition at Chalfont Community College. They were split into teams of four depending on year group, and were set a design and make task with various different challenges added. Each team were set the challenge to create a working battery powered vehicle. They also had to produce a portfolio to display their work, and were judged on the production of their vehicle, their teamwork, and how they developed their ideas. It was a great day out with the students, with our Intermediate group taking home a trophy and a medal each for their winning vehicle! It was fantastic to see creativity and problem-solving skills in full swing and each of the students worked tirelessly throughout the day. Well done to all who took part!

Students Lauren Barrack, Georgia Edwards and Lucy Alexander tell us more...

In our group, the Intermediate, we had Lauren Barrack, Lucy Alexander, Jo Stevens and Georgia Edwards competing. We were set the same challenge as the beginner group, but we also had to make the car be able to stop and reverse back to the start line, whilst being remotely controlled from behind the pipe. We devised a clever switch out of foil and crocodile clips, which also enabled us to switch the direction of the current, allowing the vehicle to move backwards. We got commended by the judges on our portfolio, and our vehicle was successful, also gaining us 5 bonus points for completing the run in under 10 seconds (we completed it in 8.5!). The team worked very hard and we won our age category, taking home a medal each and a trophy!

The Advanced group included Zhané-Nathan Grant, Eleanor Buckeldee, Zoe Kite and Ella Bolger were set the same challenge but had the added bonus of trying to pick up some small pieces of gravel and successfully bring these back to the start line. This was particularly challenging, and they managed to pick up more gravel than any other group they were competing against! They also put a great amount of effort into their portfolio and worked tirelessly on their design, looking for improvements they could make during their testing stages. Unfortunately, they were just tipped at the finishing line, with Chalfont Community College just beating them.

It was a fun day had by all who took part. It was great to use our problem-solving skills and creativity to make something work. It was also great to see our designs come to life from our initial sketching stages all the way to our final model testing. We were very proud of all the efforts put in from each of the students and there were some excellent vehicles were produced.