Independent educational charity, The Smallpeice Trust has joined forces with the Royal Air Force (RAF), to give 300 students from schools in Wales, the opportunity to participate in free Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) days in secondary schools.
As part of this initiative, 120 students from Ysgol Clywedog School in Wrexham, put their practical STEM skills to the test over two days in the Propelled Glider Challenge. The project was designed to enhance students’ aptitude for lateral thinking, design and engineering and was especially geared to complement to the National Curriculum.
The Propelled Glider Challenge, required students aged 11-12, to design and construct an aeroplane, which could travel furthest through the air. The plane was powered by a propelled mechanism and the fuselage constructed out of Balsa wood. Students learned about aerodynamics, incidence angle, shapes, sizes, trimming, and wing load calculations.
Assistant Head Teacher, Helen Hughes said, “We were delighted to take part in these STEM Days. They have encouraged our studentsto link the classroom elements of science, design and technology to what happens in engineering in the real world.”
Paul Harrap added “The RAF is keen to enthuse students to actively study maths and science, and to encourage girls to consider engineering and technology as future career pathways”.
Tom Adams, Smallpeice Trust Education Officer said “It is wonderful to see just how much students get from taking part in a STEM Day as they develop their lateral thinking and problem-solving skills. Thanks to generous sponsorship from the RAF, this STEM Day has enabled students to utilise their skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths to tackle the task in hand. We hope these students will now be inspired to consider engineering when looking to choose future study options.”
About The Smallpeice Trust
For over 50 years The Smallpeice Trust has given young people everything that they need to explore their passion for engineering, making big ideas a reality through its hands on engineering experience courses and STEM days that challenge young people to imagine the engineering feats of the future.
The Smallpeice Trust is all about inspiring young people who are daring enough to think big and imagine. It gives 11-18 year olds everything that they need to explore their passion for engineering through in-school STEM Days and engineering experience courses – all with the help of universities, charities and corporate sponsors.
For more information on Smallpeice and its work visit http://www.smallpeicetrust.org.uk
This week the STEM club from Ysgol Clywedog were invited to local business, Air Covers Ltd to meet with the record breaking helicopter pilot, Peter Wilson. Peter has circumnavigated the globe in his helicopter raising awareness of sustainable global issues with Three Journeys Round. He is soon to embark on another record breaking adventure when her circumnavigates South America. They also met with James Ketchell, a gyroscope pilot who will be the first person to travel around the world in a gyroscope in December. The students were allowed to explore the helicopter and ask lots of questions. They were then given a guided tour of Air Covers and shown how design and engineering is used in the business. The final treat of the day was a quick flight around the area! The pupils, aged 11-16 were delighted. Tsvetomir Totev, who also graduated from Ysgol Clywedog year 11 on the same day said ‘I will never forget today, what a leaving present!’ The club will follow Peter’s adventures live when he embarks on the next adventure. This event was a direct result of the STEM club’s entry into the UK Rocketry challenge in April. Staff at the school were delighted that local businesses have shown such involvement and commitment into encouraging the students in their pursuit of STEM education.
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