Another day, another new activity! Today we have had two schools trying out the new STEM Boats event. The pupils are given a basic boat and some ‘river test tracks’ and time to work out the best design to make their boat the most efficient. We are using wind….er….fan….power today so one of the variables that they have been focusing on is the size of the sail. Number of masts, shape of sail, height of sail etc are also areas that some of the pupils have been focusing on to achieve the best result.
We began the day focussing on control of variables so that we can test what effect each change makes but we also have an expectation that the designers amongst the children will also add a bit of design bling too.
The day will end in sail boat races with the ultimate winners crowned our September champions.
Here is what it looks like on the ground: