As a centre of excellence in science, we ensure that our students participate in events which engage and excite them about science and maths and we are thrilled to be welcoming Dr Yan Wong from the BBC’s ‘Bang Goes the Theory’ to launch our Science Week in March. Earlier this term our Y7 and 8 budding young engineers undertook the Faraday Challenge. This Challenge is a unique opportunity for students to design and make a prototype solution to an engineering problem linked directly to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Faraday Challenge focuses on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills development, and highlights the wide variety of engineering related careers for students who continue to study STEM subjects. This is a great way to show young people the vital role engineering plays in the Olympics. JCoSS students had to research, design and build a solution to a real engineering problem and seemed to enjoy every minute of it, with one Year 7 student saying “It was a day that broadened my horizons” and another Year 8 student saying “It changed the way I viewed engineering. It was a brilliant day and a great experience.”