As Embley’s 2019 STE@M Festival draws to a close, Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics have become part of everyday life at school. Pupils, staff, parents and even visitors have been drawn into activities that embed STE@M into the broad curriculum that we deliver.

Marine engineers started the festival with Year 9 students building and testing load carriers. Year 8 took a slightly different approach by building and competing their electric boats, while Year 7 designed coding for computerised delivery routes that we all now rely so heavily on to bring order to our busy lives. Our A Level Art, 3D Design and Chemistry students also took part in a Raku workshop

In Physics, Year 10 students designed and constructed a mobile phone tower and pupils from the Prep School created air craft designs. The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance took other Year 10 students through the logistics of mission management and the issues of airborne first response.

Throughout the festival, projects have been launched, nurtured and celebrated and we’ll see further initiatives come to fruition over the coming months. The Senior School Art & Mathematics mural will be finished over coming weeks, Philosophy & Ethics have assembled hundreds of plastic bottles and plastic stuffing ready to construct their EcoBricks sculpture. We have also launched a sustainability survey that we hope will go national across the United Learning community.

Our STE@M Team activity, led by Year 11 students, has secured initial funding for the EV-RV electric conversion of a Polaris Quad bike and submissions for the design have come from across the school.

Mathematics drew in a huge audience once again at our ‘Taking Maths Further’ annual conference, while Science sent teams from Year 6, 7 and 8 to the NEC Birmingham for the Big Bang exhibition. Year 8 students went up to Oxford and came third in the Salters’ Festival of Chemistry while Year 10 students competed online in the Bio Challenge.

Our series of careers events featured STEM professionals from a broad range of specialisms in an evening of Q&As. And of course we had the provocative and motivating evening with Dr Jon Copley, marine biologist on the BBC’s Blue Planet II.

A huge thank you to all teaching staff, visiting specialists, lab technicians, support staff and off-site centres who hosted us, and of course our own population of willing, inquisitive youngsters who seem to have thrived on the experiences of the 2019 STE@M Festival.

By Mr Churchill

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