And the start of a busy few weeks of activities is kicked off by one of our STEM boats days. We have some fabulous children from Catcote, Thornaby C of E and Layfield here today to take on the challenge. As ever the focus is on team skills and working effectively to solve a problem. The problem? How do you make the fastest sail boat with limited time and resources. Problem? What problem? After some skills work this morning the teams have now created their own designs and are in the process of testing different hull shapes and types of sail. The big test will be at 2pm when we run the boats down our 6m test track (big guttering pipe!) powered by a mighty typhoon…..well a fan anyway.
As you can see below the work ethic has been fabulous and because of where we are in the world the ease with which we have contextualised their work as engineers in terms of real businesses in the Tees Valley has been a big bonus. These children are now aware that tasks like these are the basis of the skillsets for many different local careers, engineering being one of them.
See for yourself:
And following the trend from the rest of the day, it seems that the top engineers were the ‘Queen of the Tees’ Team from Layfield Primary. If anyone doubts that girls aren’t great engineers you should have been here today, simply brilliant.