STUDENTS at Ormiston Park Academy in Aveley had the exciting opportunity to participate in an interactive Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workshop delivered by The Smallpeice Trust, a charity which aims to promote engineering careers to young people. The session was sponsored by Make Happen, an organisation which aims to inspire young people and promote interest in Higher Education to help them achieve their ambitions.
The workshops involved boys and girls from Years 9, 10, and 11 who were tasked with working together in teams to design, create, and test a water collection and disposal system. Their brief was to create an automated system which collected rainwater from the top of a building to be used for the watering of indoor plants and the flushing of toilets.
In addition to building a watertight tank to store the rainwater, the students also had to build an electronic alert system. The aim of this alert system was to turn on an LED light when the water level reached dangerous levels and, at the same time, activate a switch to pump out excess water until a safe level is restored.
This challenge required students to not only apply their skills and knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and maths, but also their teamwork and time management skills.
At the end of the workshop, many students signed up for a follow-up three day residential workshop during the summer holidays where they will have more opportunities to develop further the skills they have learnt in this session.
Joseph Samuel, Curriculum Leader for ICT and Computer Science, said: “It was fantastic to see all of our students working so hard to accomplishing their brief and getting so enthusiastic about what they were working on. Sessions like this are so important to help the next generation get interested and excited about STEM subjects and we’d like to thank Smallpeice Trust and Make Happen for all of their support to help deliver this session.”