KS3 STEM Fair

Objectives:

  • To provide students with opportunities to engage in the STEM subjects in new and unfamiliar ways
  • To provide an opportunity for students from local schools to collaborate and learn together in a fun and dynamic environment
  • To allow opportunities for discourse between STEM colleagues from local schools
  • To provide STEM colleagues with practical resources for delivery within a STEM club environment
  • To provide STEM colleagues with the confidence and skills to deliver a collapsed timetable event of their own
  • To raise the profile of STEM within the local community
  • To raise the profile of STEM within Bishop Challoner School
  • To provide leadership opportunities for Bishop Challoner students

Overview:

On 12th December we hosted our fourth annual STEM Fair. This year’s approach sees Bishop Challoner offer two such events; one targeted at year7 students from local secondary schools and the other aimed at KS2 pupils from our feeder and Ogden Trust partner schools. The December event was aimed at KS3 pupils and involved teams of five Year 7’s from St. Peter’s, Swanshurst Girls, Kings Heath Boys, Baverstock and Wheeler’s Lane. The varied and engaging activities were revised from the previous year to involve more physics in relation to our Ogden Trust partnership. They ranged from a D&T ‘egg car challenge’ focusing on forces such as acceleration, momentum and material properties to a science ‘balloon hovercraft’ challenge looking at controlling the movement of air. Activities were given a 30 minute time limit to promote engagement and create a pacey, excited atmosphere. The event was a great access and very well received by visiting teachers and pupils alike.