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Stem Clubs Activities

Wind Capture Challenge

07th January 2011

This year students in Year 9 are working on designing a prototype model of a wind turbine using only recycled materials. The first principles of their design came from a simple paper wind mill. Students then carried out research from the internet and finally selected their design. Students began their prototype models in October and are finalising their work in the design workshops in preparation for a panel of STEM ambassadors to judge their work against establshed criteria.

 
 
 
 
 

Forensic Investigators

06th January 2011

Our first STEM Club project! Half a term of detecting crime using science.

Session 1: In the first session, students used an adapted version of the UPD8 resource, ‘Murder in the Park’, to solve a murder at a fireworks display. The students used flame tests to identify the firework residues left around the body and images from ‘CCTV’ to eliminate suspects.

Session 2: In week two students discussed how footprints could be used to identify the type of footwear and the walking style of suspects. The students made plaster casts of their own footprints to examine the following week.

Session 3: This week, students tried different methods of fingerprinting, using both inks and magnetic and non-magnetic fingerprinting powders. Students examined the patterns and discovered what their fingerprints really look like.

Open Morning: At the school open morning, the students trained other students and visitors in the techniques they had learned. They managed a showcase of their activities and explained the principles of forensics behind them.

Session 4: Students conducted a mini-investigation into blood splatter, dropping simulated blood from different heights and measuring the size and pattern of splatter. Data was collected and analysed, making use of mathematical skills.

 
 
 
 
 

Science and Beauty

06th January 2011

In our second project, students first learnt the basic chemistry behind bath bombs and why they fizz, using the Science Museum resources. The following two weeks were then spent making bath bombs to different recipes, adding scents and colourings and using different moulds. This inevitably led to successes and failures, and the students adapted their recipes and designs.

In week four, students progressed to investigating the chemistry of soap, with the aim of manufacturing their own. They then spent two weeks using glycerine, food colouring and scents to make soaps to their own design, mixing colours and using different moulds.

 
 
 
 
 

Greenpower Cars

04th January 2011

Built the main chassis, now working on the sub frame

 
 
 
 
 

Wallace and Gromit Challange.

03rd January 2011

To design a gadget a using a number of mechanisms to do a job. The project will be entered into the BBC Wallace and Gromit Challange.

 
 
 
 
 

Finding a crime victim

15th December 2010

Pupils use an infra-red camera to search for the heat given off from a “decomposing body”.

The body is a plastic skull with a bottle of hot water hidden in the brain cavity.

The students searched the hedgerows around the school field and discovered a likely heat source. They used the FLIR camera to measure the temperature of the decomposing body.

Maggots found on the “body” were measured. The age of the maggots was estimated using isomegalen diagrams (comparison of length and age at different temperatures).

 
 
 

Forensic Bag Project

14th December 2010

Year 7 and 8 students decorates fabric in the theme of forensics, which they used verious decoration methods, from this they produced a drawstring bag. the decoration methods which they used were, prining paste, fabric pens and sublimation print.

Key words:
Forensics
DNA
Crime scene

Key Terms:
Overlocker
Casing
Reverse stitch
Inserting ribbon

 

A Delta- Box Kite

13th December 2010

We have been working over this term to create large Kites. Some students chose to work in groups whilst others are making their own kite to take away. It has been a challenge in understanding the degisn and getting all the slippery nylon sewn but we are hoping to take home Kites this christmas!

 
 
 
 
 

Growing crystals

10th December 2010

The students investigated common crystals and prepared saturated solutions of Copper sulphate, Potassium sodium tartrate, magnesium sulphate, sodium chloride and potassium aluminium sulphate from these we grew crystal samples. We then identified the crystal shapes; triclinic, cubic etc from a keycard.
In the next week we looked at salt, sugar and sand under microscopes and made comparisons. We noted that the sand grains resembled baked beans because they were rounded off due to wave action and weathering, similarly some of the salt grains were rounded.

 
 

The Body

08th December 2010

Students used a variety of decoration methods to decorate the fabric body, for example: Quilted brain, sublimation print, applique, padded section and fabric pens. students saw a powerpoint presentation to learn about different functions of different body parts. The students worked in groups for some sections.

 
 

Superconductors

01st December 2010

This club was formed when a group of us dicovered we had a mutual fascination with the word ‘Superconductor’ – it is, after all an awesome word! We then discovered that none of us knew what it meant, so we found out all about them. This lead us to discover that they are as cool as they sound and that we wanted to play with some, so we wrote to a bunch of universities and got hold of a sample of YBCO. We also discovered that we wanted to make our own!
So our mission is to learn what we can about superconductors; we’ll read about them, we’ll experiment with them and, if possible, we’ll make our own!

 
 
 
 
 

Engineering Transportation

01st December 2010

Considering a range of different forms of travel. Looking at the Science, engineering and Mathematical principles that underpin these.

Manufacturing through a series of design and make projects different forms of transportation.

Including:

Paper Planes

Gliders

Hover Crafts

Solar Buggies

Rockets