Independent educational charity, The Smallpeice Trust has joined forces with one of the world’s largest utility companies, National Grid, to give primary schools within Kent the opportunity to participate in free Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) days in schools.
Forty-five students from Ash, Cartwright and Kelsey Church of England primary school benefitted from this opportunity to learn through fun during a one-day programme of activities delivered by The Smallpeice Trust.
Working in small teams, the students aged 9 and 10, were encouraged to develop their creative thinking and team working skills as they tackled four exciting projects. Students took on the role of a STEM detective and started the day with a code-breaking exercise. They then went on to design and build balloon-powered vehicles, prototype rockets, and model egg-carrying parachutes!
Education Officer for The Smallpeice Trust, Ashley Rowley commented, “We are delighted to be working with National Grid as it has enabled us to run these in-school educational activities. Our aim for the day was to build on the students’ knowledge of STEM subjects in a fun and interactive way. It is wonderful to see just how much they get from taking part in the day, as they develop their communication and problem-solving skills.”
Senior Teacher, Sarah Graham added, “We had a fabulous day being STEM detectives with Ashley! Our rocket and vehicle building was thoroughly engaging and exciting, whilst covering many aspects of the Curriculum. A few of our children announced they wanted to become engineers or designers! Thank you to Ashley for his hard work, organisation and enthusiasm!”