School pupils enjoyed taking part in a range of activities that brought a set of subjects to life.
British Science Week is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) where organisations and groups are encouraged to put together their own programmes.
And there was plenty going on at Newminster Middle School and Technology College, with some of the initiatives and workshops run by professionals.
Assistant Head of School Sumeena Razzaqi said: “The purpose of the day was to engage our students with the STEM subjects and we managed to secure STEM ambassadors from various businesses and institutions such as Newcastle University, the NHS, engineering firms and educational presenters.
“In addition, students from King Edward VI High School came in to deliver a workshop to make solar viewers in preparation for the solar eclipse.
“The day was a tremendous success with plenty of positive feedback about the activities and workshops. One boy in Year 5 said that ‘it was the best day ever in school’.”
The day was a tremendous success with plenty of positive feedback about the activities and workshops.Sumeena Razzaqi, Assistant Head of School
The activities and workshops were as follows.
Year 5 – Technology Tom (a one-hour session on the theme of discovery and inventions), an introduction to electronics, design and build a pressure sensor alarm system, Alice in Wonderland’moving mechanical structures.
Year 6 – Creepy Crawlies Show. This offers students the opportunity to get close to bugs, mini-beasts and exotic pets and the aim of the show is to give the students a wider understanding of the natural world, and to help prevent phobias developing in later life; designing a board game based on a ‘Frozen’ and mathematical theme.
Year 7 – Fire service workshop, cupcake decorating workshop, tetrahedron challenge (teams competing against each other to engineer different structures), business guest speakers, team building activities with a technology focus. These were planned in partnership with Northumberland Business Education Partnership.
Year 8 – STEM workshops were led by Mr Locks (radiophysicist at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle), Mrs Urwin (forensic science applications), Mrs Rae (pharmaceutical industry insight), Dr Horsfall of Newcastle University (his workshop was called Explore your Universe) and Mr Hughes (a civil engineer who works at Newcastle University).