Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy was privileged to host a STEM Day (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) organised through the SmallpeiceTrust.*

A group of 30 Year 8 students were involved and their first task was to create the tallest structure possible that would hold a weight for 10 seconds, using ONLY paper.  Team 2 (Carli Pretorious, Jack Williamson, Lana Atkins, William Parsons, Henry Vu) were declared winners with their structure which measured 84cm!

Another task involved building a working wind turbine using gears and various materials.  The students were given a budget and had to pitch their ideas to the whole group ‘Dragon’s Den’ style, to persuade them to invest in its development.  Team 10 (Jerome Mills, Ibrahim Dawodu-Oladimeji, Isabella Stevens, Kiera Mitchell) won this with their working and stable structure that was aesthetically pleasing.

Although not all teams had a working prototype at the end of the day, all students confidently pitched their ideas and exhibited all the Academy core values throughout the day.  They all showed great perseverance and resilience in a very challenging activity.

Ms Perkins, who organised the event said: “I was incredibly proud to see all students working so well together as a team.  It was a complete honour working with all of them.  I would also like to give special thanks to Ms Donnelly and Ms Ofori-Boadu for their help throughout the day to ensure its success.“

*The Smallpeice Trust was founded in 1966 by Dr Cosby D P Smallpeice a brilliant engineer who invented the Smallpeice Lathe.  Following his success, Dr Smallpeice ploughed £1.6m of his personal fortune into setting up the Smallpeice Trust to give young people the support they need to bring their big ideas to life through science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) too.