Year 7 have an excellent opportunity to get involved with a new curriculum initiative here at Colstons girls’ school. STEM is a fun and rewarding way to boost enjoyment and learning across the main STEM (Science, Maths, Engineering and technology) subjects. The course is not designed to be about writing, tests or exams. Instead, it will allow pupils to explore, investigate and discover STEM subjects in a fun and stimulating learning environment. It allows students to tap into their creativity and design skills.
STEM is designed to motivate and build confidence in pupils who struggle with STEM subjects and also provide an extra outlet for students who already show aptitude and are interested in furthering their learning. There will be opportunities for girls to explore national programmes and competitions, such as CREST Awards, and flying start.
The program will consist of 6 projects utilising a theme from across the STEM subjects. Some of the projects are outlined below:
Project 1: Design a lamp using Biomimicry. How inspiration for the design and production of materials, structures, and systems that are modelled on biological entities and processes are produced.
Project 2: Design a website or App for a disabled sportsperson. Looking at how technology can play a vital role for all people.
Project 3: Designing a Wetsuit. What makes a good wetsuit? The swimming leg of the 2012 Olympic triathlon took place in an outdoor lake in Hyde Park, London. We all know that Britain can be a bit cold, even in the summer. Students will explore materials and their properties.
- Ms S Siddique – Teacher of Chemistry