Weeks of hard work, both last year and also this year, ended with a trip to the NEC Birmingham and an entry in to the very prestigious Big Bang Final for the prize of Young Engineers of the Year for 3 of our brightest year 10 scientists: Grace Allsop, Lucy Cooper and Shaiann Calliste.
They were welcomed on the Tuesday evening with a short science show. We were treated to the showing of the inside of one of the presenters’ oesophagus, stomach and small intestine, what happens when you fart to produce the sound, using electricity to control someone’s reactions and how to take a 360 degree photo. There was also some sound advice for our girls on how to best present their project in order to try and win. The pressure was on.
On Monday 13th March as part of science week, STEM ambassadors visited The Holgate Academy to deliver an Institute of Civil Engineering (ICE) paper engineering session with groups of our students. We worked in teams to build bridges from paper alone and suspended masses from them to see which held out best. The students were a credit to the school, engaging well with the session and asking some great questions of the ambassadors. For the students considering going in to Civil Engineering, they particularly appreciated the opportunity to find out how best to get there.
The bridges all managed to support a lot of mass. The winning team managed a massive 10 kg – the ambassadors didn’t have any more to suspend!