Girls are better engineers than boys!
Well that has to be the conclusion I am afraid.
We have run the STEM boats event countless times this year and yet again a team of girls has produced the fastest boat on the day. This was the first time we had run the event with KS1 and the brilliant children from Brambles, Layfield and Saltburn worked tirelessly from start to finish to produce effective sail boats. Yes we had a huge focus on team work throughout the day and yes we did some scientific method to test different shapes and sizes of sails, but the winning times were just as good as any other pupils we have had from Y1 – Y9! Growing research (and common sense if you ask any teacher!) will tell you that attitude is everything when trying to achieve both at school and in life generally. These types of days do not focus on curriculum, targets or test scores. They are solely focussed on giving the pupils the opportunity to develop the skills and attitudes they will need in most of their adult working life. Engaging children to want to have a great future through the right attitude has more of an influence on how well they will do than anything else. From what I have seen today they will have some very successful careers ahead of them if they continue to work with the attitude that they showed.
The images below shows just how focussed, organised and determined the children were when working on their boats and testing them:
And the teams ready to race!
And the winning times!