On June 4th, Mr Howard took a group of year 8 pupils to a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) challenge day at Ampleforth College. The pupils were given a talk by engineers from Arup, a massive design and engineering company with headquarters in London. Among other things, they are famous for the structural engineering on the Oresund tunnel/bridge which links Sweden to Denmark, the Sydney Opera House and London’s Gherkin building.
There were 24 teams of five pupils, from different schools, competing in 2 challenges; the design of a roller-coaster from card for a marble, and a trebuchet to made from ‘K’nex.’ Our 3 teams competed very well and represented the school impressively. The team of Annabelle Ritchie, Oakes Ellis, Billy Jennings and Melissa Brownbridge gained first prize for their trebuchet design. Well done to all the pupils involved!
There will be a further STEM trip for year 8 and 9 in July, when Dr. Beal will be taking a group to York College.