Activities tagged Competition
26th January 2011
Open to all years 7 – 11.
Starting from scratch, constructing model aircraft and and boats to be flown or floated. From wind powered gliders and yachts to radio controlled craft. Visits to aircraft museums and Glider aerodromes.
20th October 2009
Aim: To design and make promotional products that primary schools can sell for a profit.
Day 1 – Monday 6th July 2009 – Research and Design
On the first day we split into groups and did some initial research into logo’s, slogans and images that we could use on a range of products. They were;
Our next step was to research a range of products. They included;
Mouse mats – round and square
Mini t-shirts – for the car window
Field Research – Nine students from our group walked up to Carmountside Primary on Monday afternoon. We asked some year 5 students what they would like to see on our products. We also gather some useful information.
The school has been awarded bronze Eco School.
The school currently have no PE bags.
Logo’s – We will be sending samples of products along with an order form. Several students researched logo’s and then designed one of their own. These logo’s will go on our letter and order forms.
Day 2- Tuesday 7th July 2009 – Production
We spent all day on Tuesday working on making a wide range of products
Day 3&4 – Wednesday & Thursday 8th-9th July 2009 – Letters, order forms and posting packages
Introduction letters – When the primary schools open of their packages with lots of promotional products they will be wondering what is this about? Our group broke down into groups and came up with several different letters explaining who we were and what the schools could do with the products if they were to put an order in. While some were devising letters others were creating order forms. This included a list of products and prices.
Day 5 – Celebration
The whole school participated in Out and About week. On the fifth and final day we as a group produced a display and 10 minute PowerPoint presentation on what we did though out the week.
14th July 2010
13 pupils from the St Thomas More High School STEM club attended the Big Bang Fair at the Discovery Museum in Newcastle. A whole range of projects were on display from a wide variety of schools. Pupils particularly enjoyed the Knex challenged in which they had to build a tower as tall as possible to lift a cup of water in 20 minutes. Steve Mould from Blue Peter gave an excellent presentation involving ferrous fluids, steel balls and even some flames. Also very impressive was the 3D scanner and printer (see photo)
We took along two projects to exhibit. A Lego Mindstorms robot that could search for a hit a coloured ball and a six legged line following robot. We also took some elastic band powered Meccano cars we had been building. It was a great day out and I thoroughly recommend you attend in future.
01st February 2010
The Launch for the new STEMNET students began with our current STEMNET attendants (Who have stayed on to become STEM Advisors in year 10) brainstorming some ideas together about what would be a good project to launch the project to year 7 & 8 (who would in September become the new years 8 & 9). They came up with the idea of STEMNET does the Apprentice.
During the planning stages, they decided upon making soaps and bath butters as the students could go through the various stages of planning the products, who the products were to be aimed at, packaging, design, budgeting and marketing. They enlisted the help of Miss Rix and Mrs Foster to order and purchase materials needed, booking school rooms and inviting students to the launch day.
They decided that the alunch would be judged similar to the Apprentice, an so throughout the day judged the particiating students on a range of criteria which they themselves had set out.
During the day, the students were required to plan the product, make the product, plan the packaging, budget how much the products cost to make and how much they would cost to sell and eventually end the day by doing a presentation to the groups and the judging panel of our STEM advisors and the school Finance ManagerJohn Findlay.
The day was a huge success – we had loads of visitors from the school teaching staff who helped out during the day and the comments that were made about the organisation of the day, how well the students behaved and the lovely smell coming from the school conference room were all extremely positive.
The day was such a success that the school asked if they could display the end products in a cabinet at the front of school for visitors to see.
11th November 2009
Students designed and built the rigging and sails for a sail boat challenge organised by Solent skills Quest and Southampton Boat Show.
The students came 2nd overall out of twenty teams and go a special congratulations on designing the best looking boat setup.
16th March 2011
EDT First Edition Year 7 Engineering Challenge (March 2011)
Fifteen Year 7 students participated in an exciting engineering challenge event with students from Cheltenham Ladies College, St Peters, Cheltenham College, Balcarras, Marling, Rednock and Winchcombe. Designing and constructing a 1:100 scale model of a potential Olympic Stadium proved a topical challenge. All of the 20 mixed school teams came up with some striking structural designs and showed some great teamwork. Douglas Illingworth and Theo Godfrey were in a group receiving commendation from the judges for their swimming stadium. Charlotte Edwards, Megan Simpkins and Leann Thompson contributed to the design of a sturdy velodrome, with Beth Davidson and Lucy Smith designing an athletics stadium. The “Tuna tin” or diving arena was constructed by Jamie Cleveland and Arjan Sudra. A novel design for the “Victory” sailing stadium was constructed by Katie Lewis and Poppy Brush, although the stadium was re-christened the “Titanic” after some structural integrity issues during construction! The football stadium was designed by Elliot Lockey and Callum Rowe, with Ben Vaughan and Joe Roxburgh constructing a cycling stadium. The variety of structures completed was truly amazing, with all being built on time and within budget! During the event the teams also had opportunities to hear about potential future Science and Engineering careers from various STEM Ambassadors. Students enjoyed the day immensely, with the task of demolishing the stadiums at the end of the day, being done rather reluctantly….
29th March 2012
The Jaguar Maths Challenge is here. Over 200 schools competing to design the fastest racing car. Neatherd is one such school. Pupils are invited to join Mr. Chapman in designing the best car yet.
07th October 2009
Students have been working together to build and programme robots. Students have become confident in programming the robots and are working towards a competition.
14th July 2010
Pupils were given identical Meccano kits and given the challenge of building a vehicle powered by elastic bands only. The winner would be the team with the vehicle that travelled the furthest.
20th July 2010
“Leaders Heather Rowell
This project was undertaken by all the members of 8A and mainly done during our Complimentary Studies lessons from after Easter holidays until the middle of June.
The brief for our project was to create an advertising package for the Lincolnshire Show 2010.
We produced a variety of advertising media.
The star of the package was an animated TV advert featuring a pig race (there is pig racing at the Show and it is very popular). This was directed by Daniiel Holland and proved a big hit with all ages. The set and characters were made by the team and involved a high degree of technical expertise. They then added the credits in the editing suite.
We also produced (director Kirstan Carney) a TV advert aimed at older viewers, The stars of this were (volunteered) members of staff. We then edited the advert and added credits and the jingle.
A radio advert was recorded during music lessons and included a jingle written by members of the team.
Added to the package were various posters, a CD cover and flyers.
We used a net to design a decision ‘cube’ to decided which attraction to see next.
We designed T shirts and baseball caps for both boys and girls. We printed them onto special paper and then ironed them on to the T shirts and caps. We designed rosettes and sashes with our Lincolnshire logo on. Unfortunately the transfer paper does not work on satin type material, we need to research this further to see if any suitable transfer paper is available.
Overall this was an enjoyable project, we used many different areas of the curriculum.