What is STEM?
STEM is a group for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, where students get to design, experiment and build things that they don’t always get to do in class.
When do they meet and how can I join?
We meet on Monday after school in Lab 8. Watch out for notices at the beginning of term about when the group starts and come along to find out what is going on. The group is open to all students in Years 8-11 and you can join at any point during the year, as long as numbers permit. We usually have 20-30 students in the club.
Special STEM events, like the living Egg project and making Bath Bombs are open to all students.
Some STEM events take place on Flexible Fridays, like the Year 8 Olympic Day where a STEM ambassador (Science professional, currently working in industry) Mr Gorton, came in to talk about testing athletes for performance enhancing drugs. In this coming year we will be welcoming 2 teams of visitors into school – The Smallpiece trust for the Year 9 Science study day in January and a team of STEM ambassadors for the Year 9 Careers in Science Day in March.
Who runs it?
Miss Jackson and Miss Pedley
What do pupils say about it?
“ Since mid-February a group of year 9 pupils have been taking part in STEM club on a Monday evening. Over the past four weeks, combining the skills and knowledge from these subjects, we have built catapults, designed and made parachutes for eggs and built and raced cars. The practical’s have been very successful, especially with the help of Miss Dunn and some year 10 pupils. In the future we are looking to go on a trip to Bury College on a flexible Friday and look at fireworks, hopefully designing and testing our own.
STEM is a great way to meet new people and I am thoroughly enjoying it. My favourite part is testing the practicals at the end of the session. It is also a great opportunity to learn new and different things outside of lessons. It is really fun.”
by Nyemh Johnson
We recently hatched chicks in an incubator. Click here to see a video of one of the chicks hatching.