On Tuesday 25th January, a group of Year 8 pupils took part in a STEMworks workshop where they heard about the construction of HPC and the career opportunities available. Pupils worked on a ‘hands-on’ design challenge by constructing a structure that would lift, manoeuvre and position a roof on top of a model nuclear chamber. Pupils were encouraged to think creatively whilst using problem solving, teamwork and communication skills to design and build a suitable outcome from plastic Meccano, incorporating an electronic circuit and pulley mechanism. This was a fantastic opportunity for pupils to apply real-world applications of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths within the challenge.
This bespoke event was designed to inspire and enlighten pupils on how STEM is fun, interesting and can lead to a rewarding career. The event also encouraged pupils to study the STEM subjects and consider careers within the engineering and technology sectors, and was particularly useful for those pupils considering opting to study GCSE Design Technology.