Students in Year 8 recently benefitted from a programme funded by Aspire at Bournemouth University to encourage increased interest and participation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects. A one-day workshop was led by a team from STEM Plus who devised a range of activities to develop practical problem solving skills, teamwork and creativity.
The 47 students who took part in this competitive Robotics Challenge worked in small teams to build a robot that was able to carry out a range of tasks in different environments using the Lego ‘Mindstorms’ Programmable Computer System. Coming out on top at the end of the day, with the most robotic tasks completed accurately, was the team named as The Big Bennys! (see picture) which consisted of Oscar Ashley, Josh Marsden and Tom Burrough. Well done boys!
Georgina Humble from STEM Plus said, “It was a really exciting day at Holyrood. The students had great fun and participated enthusiastically in the set tasks. Workshops like these are designed to excite and inspire children’s enthusiasm for STEM subjects by showing them how fun it can be to apply technical knowledge in real-life situations. All these students qualified for the British Science Association Discovery Award, a great achievement.”