Summer Term 2024 in Year 6

STEM-tastic fun at St Mary’s

Year 6 pupils had a fantastic time when they took part in a STEM activity day in April led by engineering consultants, Melissa and Greg, from Techwuman.

Taking on different team roles such as team leader, accountant, design engineer and manufacturing engineer, pupils worked with creativity and persistence to meet design challenges. First, was the Balloon Car Challenge – from concept to final model, pupils applied their scientific thinking skills to design the fastest car, testing and refining their designs along the way. Then it was off to the racetrack to find the winner! 

Next, was the Moon Lander Challenge – aiming for the slowest and steadiest vehicle landing. This was made extra challenging with a limited budget to buy a range of components. With great imagination and collaboration, the teams devised successful models to suit the brief. To round off the fun, pupils then made hoop gliders for a final competition on the playground before the day’s winning team and runners-up were awarded their medals. Summing up their experiences, Jack said, ‘I really enjoyed the teamwork throughout the day.’ Poppy told us: ‘The challenges really got us thinking; my favourite was designing and racing the Balloon Cars.’

Melissa Ahmed, Techwuman’s Managing Director, is dedicated in bringing these experiences into schools to inspire the next generation to pursue a career in the STEM industry. As the name suggests, Techwuman aims to break the stereotype of typical engineers. Year 6 learnt about the range of careers that require skills in science, technology, engineering and maths. Afterwards, Megan told us: ‘I had so much fun, and I would love to work in STEM in the future.’

Thanks to Melissa and Greg for a brilliant day and to sponsors, the RAF.

In May, Year 6 embarked on our annual residential to Condover Hall, near Shrewsbury. It was a great week – full of action, adventure, and lots of fun and laughter. Fears were conquered, confidence was built, resilience strengthened and lifelong memories were made.