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.
We are delighted to announce that Durham Federation has become part of the National School Breakfast Programme which means that for the next 18 months all students will be able to start the day with a free bagel to set them up for the day of learning ahead. Statistics prove that students learn better when they eat a good nutritional breakfast and here at the Federation we believe in giving our students every opportunity to maximise their learning. If you require any further information please contact Mrs White at [email protected]
Many thanks to Cllrs Jamieson, Wilson and Nicholls for their visit to site yesterday.
Online booking is now closed please ring 0191 3730336 to arrange a visit
Schools across County Durham are being invited to collaborate with children and young people from around the world to learn, think and discuss climate change ahead of this year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26).
Through the ECO2 Smart Schools Programme, we are working with OASES (Outdoor and Sustainability Education Specialists), and Durham University to produce a series of educational resources and films which schools can access to support learning around climate change.
The resources explore COP26 themes including adaptation and mitigation, nature, transport, energy and finance, as well as empowering young people to think about their own response to climate change and share actions they are currently doing to support this.
Follow this link for more information.
Thank you very much to @thebigsmileuk for taking our students out into the Durham countryside. We walked approximately 9 mile and had a great time. Check the link in our bio for more information about The Big Smile project.