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STEM Trip - 06/03/2017

Secondary schools from all over Warrington competed in a prestigious STEM competition designed to simulate real-life scenarios.

The event was split into two activities: one to be completed at UAW STEM Club on Tuesday evenings over several weeks and one to be completed on the day. Students Lachezar Filipov, Jack Sanders, Emily Browning, Alyssa Davies and Mustafa Yozgyur designed and built a bridge to hold up to 20kg using the materials that Sellafield, the organisers of the competition, had provided. After weeks of painstaking designing, testing and building they presented the finished design, and reasoning behind the designs to the Sellafield team. They received a score of 100%! The Sellafield  ambassadors told us that they had NEVER given a score of 100% before – the students were thrilled. The afternoon events involved designing and building a crane using a limited budget to purchase materials. Overall the students came second in this activity and because this was weighted with a higher score, we achieved second place overall at the end of the day.

STEM competitions like this one are designed to enable students to explore real-life situations and build confidence in their skills. Talking to professionals and discussing careers is an ongoing part of the STEM programme.

Mr Dean said ‘I was totally impressed with the way our students threw themselves into the activities and how they answered questions from the Sellafield staff. Achieving 100% for their bridge design is amazing!”

Jack Sanders, Year 8, added ‘We worked really hard over the weeks leading up to the competition and feel we really did ourselves proud. We’d have like to have won overall, but there’s always next year!’