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School Band Performance

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Fox Grove - Therfield Sports Facility

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  • Transition to Therfield from Year 6

  • Closure Update - 2nd April

  • Sixth Form Application Now Open

  • School Band Performance

  • Fox Grove - Therfield Sports Facility

The Smallpeice Trust are a registered charity who run hands on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) activities in school to encourage young people to take an interest in STEM subjects and Therfield had the opportunity to work with them on Thursday 15th October.

60 year 9 students, followed by 60 year 10 students, were tasked to build a pipe connecting an oil rig to land, sounds easy, but not when it has to avoid an island inhabited by an endangered species (and the year 10 students had to deal with underground earthquakes too), can only be built on islands (not in the sea) and every piece of equipment comes with a price tag.  Groups of 5 had to nominate a Project Manager (sounds like The Apprentice!), Finance Manager, Marketing Manager, Design Manager and Resources Manager as they were to be assessed on teamwork along with the stability, cost, aesthetics, marketing and efficiency of their structure.

After a brief introduction the groups got underway and a frenzy of ‘resource collecting’ got underway as they began building their structures using Kinex and plastic pipes.  At the halfway mark it looked like several teams were not going to have a finished product and teams were reminded of their time deadline, meanwhile several grand designs were underway, along with several more simple ones.

Once the time was up, the marble test began, how fast did the marble travel through your design…….the fastest took just 1.5seconds while one got stuck partway – woops.  This was followed by the wind and waves test (Mrs Pickett shaking it gently) or the earthquake test (a not so gentle shake!), before the winners were announced, based on all aspects of the process.

It was a pleasure to see so many students engaged in an engineering activity, bringing several of their subjects in to play as they designed, built and refined their pipelines – Well Done to all.