STEM

Extra-Curricular Design & Technology

Key Stage 3

Enrichment Days – Year 7 Discovery CREST award. This is their introduction to the range of STEM activities that are on offer further up the school. The students are to work in teams to find a design solution to a real life problem in third world countries. The day will see them research, design, innovate, model and test their solution to the problem. They will be expected to present their solutions to other teams. Each student should achieve their first CREST award on the day.

Year 8 put their Textiles and CAD skills to good use in the Music Technology Day where they record a single in a day and produce merchandise to promote it.

Technology Club – is offered during the summer term and supported by the Technology perfects. The clubs include Textiles and Electronics.

Go4SET – This is an externally organised competition for a team of our students to complete an engineering project, usually focusing on electronics within the school environment. The project lasts for 12 weeks and the team must work together to produce a practical element, report and prepare a presentation for a panel of assessors. Students are assessed and may receive a Silver CREST Award at the end of the project. This project may also be entered into other STEM competitions.

Key Stage 4 & 5

Rampaging Chariots – students interested in STEM take part in a competition run by our partner company, Selex Galileo, to build a remote controlled robot which takes part in a series of events including Sumo, Assault Course and 2-a-Side Football. They manufacture the chassis and control circuitry as well as the drive mechanism. Once they have the robot assembled, they must learn to control the beast!

Engineering Education Scheme – Year 12 work together in a team of four to six to complete a six month project, with the brief determined by an engineering mentor from a local company. Links include, Tilbury Power Station, Selex and BAE Systems. The team has two days of residential workshops at a university, so they can sample student life and make progress on their project. By the end of the project they are expected to have a functioning product or model, extensive report and prepare a 15 minute presentation to a panel of experts. They may receive a Gold CREST Award at the end of the project.

Arkwright Scholarships – Year 11 Engineering students are encouraged to apply for a coveted Arkwright Scholarship. This involves filing out an application, preparing for the Aptitude Test and Mock Interviews prior to the final assessment day.

DATE – The Design And Technology Exhibition is our showcasing event of the year and our upper school students are heavily involved in the organisation and running of the event, which includes a static display of the best work from all year groups and projects as well as a Fashion Show of our Textiles work.