STEM Family Challenge Event
This week the whole of year 7 and 8 had the opportunity to take part in an exciting STEM Challenge Event. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. STEM is important because it pervades every part of our lives. Science is everywhere in the world around us, Technology is continuously expanding into every aspect of our lives, Engineering is the basic designs of roads and bridges, but also tackles the challenges of changing global weather and environmentally-friendly changes to our home and Mathematics is in every occupation, every activity we do in our lives.
The STEM Challenge Event was an exciting way for exposing our students to STEM and giving them opportunities to explore STEM-related concepts which will enable them to develop a passion for it and hopefully pursue a job in a STEM field. The challenges encouraged independent learning and important skills such as working collaboratively and being resilient to overcome failures along the way.
Year 7 students had to design and produce a prototype car, powered by elastic power, which could travel the furthest distance but at the same time being within the design budget.
Year 8 students had to design and create a model roller coaster which would provide the longest rollercoaster experience.
The students worked together in groups of 5 or 6 and competed against all of the other groups in their year group. The winning group all received great prizes- either a blue tooth selfie-stick or a blue tooth mini speaker!
On the evening parents/carers and family members were invited in to take part in the STEM family challenge. There was excellent competition between the families taking part. A big well done to Cameron Sugdon and his family for winning the Family Challenge with their brilliant design. The prize for the winning family was a £20 Amazon Voucher! A big thank you to all of the families who attended for a wonderful evening
This week, some of our Year 9 Science students, had the exciting opportunity to work with Sunderland University, exploring careers in the medical profession. They looked at the various career options available to them within the medical industry: from nursing, midwifery and becoming a paramedic through to studying to be a doctor or surgeon. Students role-played as Doctors and looked at how various patient assessment methods are used by Doctors to assess a patients health. They got to experience bandaging, using a stethoscope to listen to the heart rate, checking for vital reflexes, assembling a model body and exploring the role of our vital organs.
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Y7 Students have had a tour of Durham Castle, looking at Norman features as well as Durhams geographical advantages for castle building in the Medieval period alongside learning about Norman coinage, weaponry and the history of the Prince Bishops.
The PE department are already getting excited for next term’s wheelchair basketball extravaganza
Over the festive period, our student eco group made and designed recycled, hand made wrapping paper
Year 10 students expressed their creative side when ‘dressing a chair’ to create a representation of each of the spirits from A Christmas Carol. #proud
What an amazing day for our Y7 students who visited Durham Cathedral and attended the Aladdin pantomime @GalaDurham
This week our KS3 students are partaking in a wide variety of STEM and EBacc activities and lessons.
It was a pleasure for students to welcome The Mayor of Durham @Katie_MarieC, who delivered an inspirational assembly to all of our students this morning.
Here are some of our Y9’s performing their own interpretation of John Agard’s poem “Checkin’ Out Me History”