Pupils in Key Stage 2 classes at Beech Grove Primary School, Wellington, started their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Week activities with quite a bang this week. All six classes took part in an all-day workshop led by Wonderstruck, the company based in Okehampton which puts science and technology in pupils’ hands in the classroom as well as exhibiting at shows and festivals around the country.
The morning’s activities began with a spectacular Science Show, followed by a Rocket Workshop. The children then built their own rockets in class and prepared them for launching.
In the afternoon’s Fan-Powered Car Workshop the pupils designed and built their own fan-powered model racing cars, learning from first-hand experience how to configure each one to maximise speed. The fastest cars produced by each class were then raced in the school hall to find the overall winner.
When asked if the day had been fun one pupil’s response probably spoke for them all. He said, “It’s been brilliant!”
Wonderstruck’s Peter Wright said that, whilst his company visits school around the country and creates resources for museums, businesses, universities and government agencies, this was the first time he had been to a school in Wellington.