Sele School successfully applied for a STEM Minor Award to fund a “Mission to Mars” workshop for their Year 9 students.
The workshop will be run by Setpoint who…
"…are an educational charity whose aim is to inspire young people about Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). We achieve THIS by engaging young people in memorable experiences and by enriching their lives through exposure to role models…”
The Mission to Mars full-day workshop is…
“A robotics challenge using Lego Mindstorms. Students learn to build and programme a robotic vehicle which must overcome a series of obstacles during the final presentation session”
Sele are a small school with the resulting low funding and find it very hard to finance extra-curricular and enriching activities. We thought this was an excellent way of exciting pupils about science, especially as it utilises effective learning principles such as using outside experts and hands-on, practical activities.
In addition to bringing experts in, Sele’s bid also included a contribution to take 30 other pupils out to participate in a workshop led by Sir Robert Winston.
As Laura Morgan, Head of Science, wrote:
“Students at our school have a clear passion for Science, however being a small school with limited funding we are restricted in the extra-curricular and enriching activities we can provided. Students are unlikely to experience such activities if not provided with little to no cost implications due to the large proportion of disadvantaged students in our cohort.”