Year 5 STEM Day
On Thursday 6th July, Year 5 were invited to St Augustine Academy for a STEM day run by the teachers and Year 9 pupils. We took part in lots of workshops in the morning in which we learnt about such things as: the structure of bridges; forces; and different materials. We were then set the challenge to work in small groups to build a moving Ferris Wheel out of KiNex in just 20 minutes! This task was made harder by the fact that we weren’t allowed to place certain coloured pieces next to each other! We really had to work hard as a team to accomplish this. We recognised in this activity that we had shown cooperation, resilience and tolerance to get the job done!
In the afternoon, we were given 1 hour and 10 minutes in our groups to build a bridge across 2 chairs that would hold a weight. Each group had 60 rolled newspaper rods and 40 cable ties to constuct it with. The other condition was that the chairs had to be 1 metre apart. We had great fun trying to build our bridges, applying all we had learnt in the morning.
When our time was up, Mr Feldwick (the Principle) tested each bridge by placing weights on it. The record set by previous schools for the most weight held by a single bridge was 13kg. But Kings Hill year 5 smashed that record with 3 of our bridges being strong enough to hold 16kg!!
We all had a fantastic day and learnt a lot about science and engineering.