On Friday 20th March, students studying secondary ITE (Initial Teacher Education) Design and Technology participated in a mixed year group STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) challenge which was facilitated by STEMNet and the Smallpeice Trust (yes, it is spelled like that!).
The day included several variations within the agenda, from a design and build project based on a wind turbine to the integration of STEM Ambassadors who spent some time discussing the nature of their jobs with students.
The wind turbine challenge was designed to bring about interdisciplinary connections which students could take forward within their own classroom. The objective was to design and build a wind turbine that costs as little as possible, must be structurally sound and must be free standing. The models were then placed on a table and tested with a fan. The winning team was assessed on:
- Design and stability
- Total cost of the end product
- Voltage generated
Images from the day can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9v94nw3tgqpti2i/AABU3PzWpUQ7Aoq6Zf5iyVTUa?dl=0
In addition, reference was made to the Wood Report which can be accessed here: http://www.agcc.co.uk/find-information/doc_view/2097-wood-commission-report-2014/
The Wood Report (Education Working For All! Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce) took to illustrate how Scotland could produce better qualified, work ready and motivated young people with skills relevant to modern employment opportunities, both as employees and entrepreneurs of the future.