IET Faraday Challenge

The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) Faraday Challenge

Miss R. Hooper, Curriculum Leader: Science, writes:

On Thursday 8th March, Stanborough was a host school of the IET Faraday Challenge. The Faraday Challenge is a national competition where teams of Year 8s from schools across the country compete to solve an Engineering problem. Unfortunately, the details of the challenge are currently a secret (other schools across the country are yet to participate and any clues may give them an advantage!) But what we can share is that we were joined by teams from Monk’s Walk School and Sherradswood. The groups across all schools did a fantastic job working in teams and utilising their STEM knowledge. We would like to congratulate the team from Sherrardswood who won the event on the day but would like to congratulate all teams for their hard work and creativity.

The event was sponsored by Arconic, an Engineering company in Welwyn who produce aerospace and defence parts. We were very fortunate to have three engineers from Arconic volunteer their time as STEM Ambassadors to support the teams and passing on their expertise and enthusiasm for engineering.

‘I enjoyed having the chance to do engineer’s work and work with successful engineers.’ Hanif Chowdhury, 8K

‘I enjoyed being able to work as a team and enjoyed putting our scientific minds together to accomplish great things.’ Laura Wells, 8K


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Rotary Technology Tournament

Mr M. Beevor, Design and Technology, writes:

The Design and Technology department took three teams to Onslow St Audrey’s School to participate in the annual Rotary Technology Tournament. Students in the teams were from Year 8, Year 9 and Year 13. The task set was to fire a plastic ball three metres vertically in a plastic cup by building a wooden frame and using only rubber bands for propulsion. They had to design a release system and present a design portfolio. The Year 9 and 13 students also had to incorporate a parachute into their design.

The Year 8 team worked quickly and had built and tested their design before any of the other 20 teams. Further testing resulted in a working design. Overall they came second in the competition, losing out on first place by two points. The Year 9 and Year 13 teams faced a more difficult task and both managed finished designs but lacked consistency when trying to deploy the parachute.

It was a very challenging day and all students worked well as a team and enjoyed the competitive experience.


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Intermediate Maths Challenge

Mrs K. Coldwell, KS5 and G&T Leader, Mathematics, writes:

We had a full house for the UK Mathematics Trust Intermediate Maths Challenge which took place on Thursday 2nd February and the results are now in.  Of the 60 students who took part, 27 earned certificates and two have qualified for follow-on rounds.

Behram Printer (11H) was Best in School, Best in Year 11, earned a Gold Certificate and qualified for the Pink Kangaroo follow-on round.

Sean Davies (10S) and Zackary Read (9H) were Best in Year for Years 9 and 10. Sean also earned a Gold certificate and qualified for the Pink Kangaroo follow-on round. Zackary earned a Silver certificate.

Silver certificates also go to Junayd Ullah (11A), Rory Satterley Hull (11O), Kono Washio (11K), Joshua Long (10H), Josephine Clayton (10K) and Jack Moylan (9O).

Matthew Turnbull (11K), Ganga Jayamohan (11S), Thomas Cranham (11O), Travis Ford (11H), Harry Cross (11S), Priya Desai (11S), Gracie Manning (11O), Allyna Farrell (11B), James Mann (10K), Daniel Green (10H), Jack Hamer (10K), Jonny Baynes (10H), Georgia Burgess (10H), Ellie-Anne Hart (9A), Louis Ross (9H), Annabel Dunstan (9A), Luca Vullo (9K) and Alexander Douglas (9A) all earned Bronze certificates.

Well done to all who took part!


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Affinity Water Challenge

Katie McClymont,10O, writes: 

STEM Affinity Water Challenge Dec2017 1On Tuesday 28th November, our class was met with a visionary lesson, courtesy of Affinity Water, that put our STEM skills to the test.

Following an assembly held by Affinity Water on how their water infrastructure functions and makes use of STEM, we were introduced to our lesson by an Affinity Water representative.

On each desk was a large box, which contained all the parts necessary to complete the activity, and a large map. The activity was for each group to construct their own 3D water network system on the large 2D map, using the equipment supplied. The aim was to ensure the water network allocated water to each customer stated on the map, but also complied to the rules set such as only crossing a railway or river via a bridge.

The equipment granted was as follows: six containers (customers), one water tower container, one height-adjustable platform, 40 sections of long pipe, 15 sections of short pipe, 30 2-way-in-line connectors, 10 2-way 90° connectors, 10 3-way T connectors and an additional A3 map for planning.

As soon as the explanation was over, we had to immediately get to work in order to finish before the end of the 20 minute time limit.

Without a doubt, there was a wave of frantic effort throughout the class as everybody hastily joined together pieces of pipe and connectors. The activity certainly required a lot of social skills, like teamwork, as well as STEM skills, like estimating how much water pressure to set. The restrictions made on not crossing various areas also proved to be frustrating for some.

It was not long before the time was up and our water networks were up for judgement. Two groups were chosen to be judged before the end of the lesson, and had water poured into their water network to test if it really worked. All the spectators had the duty of being judges, and it was fair to say there was some degree of competitive bias. Luckily both groups successfully transported water through their system in a short amount of time.

In summary, we gained experience in industrial-style practical science: a valuable lesson for those aspiring to work in the STEM career sector.

Inaugral Penrose Lecture Nov2017 2w

Inaugral Penrose Lecture

Inaugral Penrose Lecture Nov2017 1wMrs K. Coldwell, KS5 and G&T Leader, Maths, writes:

After a long postponement due to Professor Hawking’s ill health, four Stanborough students were able to attend the Inaugural Penrose Lecture on Quantum Black Holes, given by Stephen Hawking at the Mathematical Institute at Oxford University during the October half-term. Tawsif Chowdhury, Hannah Imafidon, Christopher Illes-Wilbourn and Joseph Lowton, all in Year 12, spent over two hours travelling to Oxford to hear the one-hour talk but all agreed that the journey was more than worth it for this once in a lifetime experience. The opportunity to hear renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking speak live on his own work with Roger Penrose and more recent work with others was the main draw of the event. Students also walked over Penrose tiles at the entrance to the Mathematical Institute, only to hear the introduction of Professor Hawking’s lecture given by his colleague, Sir Roger Penrose, as they sat in the Andrew Wiles building, directly behind Sir Andrew Wiles himself! So two of the most famous living British mathematicians were also part of the package! Such was the inspiration of this event and others like it, that Joseph Lowton made his own way to the public lecture which Andrew Wiles gave on the 28th November at the Science Museum in London.

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STEM Update

Raytheon Quadcopter Regional Final