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Year 10 students put their problem-solving skills to the test with a unique wheelbarrow STEM challenge using MTa kits.

The group kicked off British Science Week by holding a session with the MTa Kits  and the challenge was to use the pieces of the kit to construct a wheelbarrow to transport water into a beaker.

The College has been loaned the STEM kits for a trial period, the kits aim to help students develop a design as well as the basics of team-working.

 

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"We had an amazing group of Year 10 students get stuck into two activities which challenge their problem-solving and reasoning skills as well as their application of Science, Maths and Engineering," said Miss Brown, Maths teacher.

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"For one of the tasks, the students had to work within constraints to produce a wheelbarrow which would transport water across an obstacle course and into a receptacle, using only the materials provided in the MTa kit.

"Competition was definitely afoot! The students proved to be quite the engineers and all the teams were engaged and successful in their tasks."

"The students really enjoyed being able to see the application of their learning in lessons through hands-on activities.

"They also said they would like to do more activities like this in future as they feel it’s beneficial to their development."

Year 10 student Kira echoed Miss Brown's comments describing the session as "really fun".

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"I really enjoyed it - it's good to work with people you don't normally work with and see what they can do.

"It was really practical and I'd definitely recommend anyone else to take part if they are given the opportunity," added Kira, who wants to be a naval engineer.

Miss Brown will be holding additional sessions using the kits in the coming weeks as part of the Maths HAP Club on Mondays from 3-4pm.

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