Year 8 - STEM at Work
On Monday, 14 December a group of 13 Year 8 students enjoyed a fantastic day at the “Stem at Work” event run by CCCUC and the Kent and Medway STEM Ambassadors. This event aimed to demonstrate how subjects studied at school are used by people in their work, and how STEM subjects are used in everyday life. The day got off to a flying start with Dr Andrew Szydio’s exciting lecture on the Magic of Chemistry which was interspersed with flashes, bangs, colour changes and detonations. Further workshops followed on the Chemistry of Medicines (in particular the use of molecular recognition in the development of new drugs), Engineering (one session on electromagnetism where students built their own torches, a second session on engineering in the defence sector where students worked in groups to design a rescue vehicle for use in uneven terrain that could withstand explosions), Mathematical Topology (a T-shirt has 3 holes, who knew?), and finally Chemiluminescent Glow Sticks.
Our thanks go to CCCUC and the STEM Ambassadors for organising such an interesting day, and to the excellent and inspiring workshop leaders from Vulpine, IET, QinetiQ and the University of Kent who gave up their time to deliver the sessions.
Thank you to Mrs LeSbriel and Mr Perry who took the students to Canterbury so that they could participate in this event.