Groups of Year 7, 8, 9 pupils were invited to attend a day of STEM workshops delivered by the Education Team with the Smallpeice Trust in partnership with HS2. Pupils worked together in groups of four and completed tasks and challenges including:
Stations of the future- A team-based design activity where pupils competed to design a futuristic train station considering future trends and the needs of all customers.
Tunnel Building- Pupils designed, constructed and tested a supporting structure for a cut and cover tunnel.
Rail Rush- An educational board game-like activity which encouraged pupils to consider the environmental and community impact of high-speed rail construction.
Mr P Wood, Smallpeice Trust said ‘I have been truly amazed at the high levels of enthusiasm, participation and engagement from the pupils. The teamwork, skills and creative ideas have really impressed me. Coming into Chase Terrace Academy and working with your pupils has genuinely made my week!’
One parent contacted us to say thank you for giving pupils this fantastic opportunity. Their child in particular, was full of enthusiasm after participating and felt they had developed and built skills to the extent they were interested in pursuing a career in STEM!
Mrs Poppleton, Director of Careers said: ‘Pupils clearly gained a huge amount from this day. It was incredibly valuable for our pupils and it raised their awareness of the huge amount of STEM opportunities available to them.’