Sixty Year 9 pupils from The Royal Harbour Academy were recently given the chance to be part of a National Grid STEM day. The day was run by the Smallpiece Education Team in partnership with the National Grid to bring engineering opportunities to young people.

Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) Days provide short introductory sessions for Year 9 students to enhance their understanding of, and aptitude for, problem solving, creativity, design, and engineering.

Easy to organise, they’re inspiring and fun for everyone taking part. Students work together in small groups on ‘design and make’ projects to improve their creative thinking, problem-solving and team working skills. STEM Day activities are especially geared to run as a complement to the National Curriculum in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

The Smart Building STEM Day at Royal Harbour Academy was based around the processes involved in engineering, focusing on planning, designing, construction and testing. Students were set the challenge of creating a final product that could collect water, electronically detect when water was at a certain level, then pump the water out of the first container into a secondary container.

The pupils got involved straight away assigning roles which included finance, presentation design, construction and soldering components together.

The whole day was a great success with pupils getting to use new equipment and work in groups to construct the product to its specifications. Although there were a few leaks in the end all the groups enjoyed a great level of success. Receiving some very positive praise from the organisers and our senior leadership team the year 9 students worked very well and were a credit to the school.

As a result of the STEM session, four students have been offered the chance to visit a University in the summer to take part in a residential course, building on their science skills and exploring opportunities around a career in engineering.

Congratulations to everyone who took part in this fantastic day. It’s great to see students from my old school doing so well and enjoying their education. Thank you, also, to Mr Shepperson, Head of Science at Royal Harbour Academy, for providing this article.

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