What is STEM?
Here at Ethelbert Road, we incorporate aspects of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) into our Curriculum and through our annual Science Weeks.
Children in upper KS2 have the opportunity to take part in a STEM Club, which involves designing, building, testing and racing their go-kart.
Our annual Science Weeks are often linked to the principles of STEM and develop:
creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication.
Our Year 6 pupils won a place in the finals of the Big Stem Challenge. Year 5 representatives attended the finals and presented the coding work they had undertaken to promote sustainability.
On Saturday 1st July six children from Year 5 represented their year and ERPS at the MEBP Young Eco Engineers Race day. The team, 'The Towering Tacos', raced their go-cart against other participating schools at the Borg Warner site in Gillingham. It was an amazing day with some very exciting races!
All of Year 5 were involved in building the go-cart during our school's STEM week. They also designed the bodywork and decided on the team name. As part of the project, the children had to complete a workbook that documented their progress building the go-cart and other investigations they carried out to answer set questions (relating to, levers, gears, friction, aerodynamics, batteries, circuits, energy transfer, sustainability and recycling).
At the event day Year 5 'The Towering Tacos' won 'Best Workbook'. Congratulations to all of Year 5 for their hard work. A big thank you to Mrs Nock, Mr Adkins and Mrs Bell for giving up their Saturday to support this event and all their hard work. A special thank you to Mrs Nock for putting the workbook together.