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Science Challenge day brings STEM subjects to life

A Science & Technology day to foster enthusiasm for STEM subjects was held at the Sixth Form for local secondary school pupils.

The Year 8 and 9 students from schools including, Redden Court, Sacred Heart of Mary, Royal Liberty, Trinity Catholic School, The Palmer Catholic Academy, Ilford County High, Woodbridge High, Dagenham Park, Mayfield, Loxford and Oaks Park, spent the day working together in mixed teams of four to complete practical scientific challenges.

The activities are designed to stretch and challenge more able students, develop skills such as planning and teamwork which are highly sought after by employers, and encourage them to consider studying science and technology subjects further.

Organised by MCS Projects, the day included workshops such as The Robotics Challenge, E-Fit Challenge, Vehicle Challenge and Medical Diagnostics Challenge.

Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Colonel Mark Bryant, was the VIP guest and gave out trophies to the winning teams. The overall winners on the day with the highest points awarded were pupils from Woodbridge High and The Palmer Catholic Academy.

Colonel Bryant told the students that engineering and technology was the future and that it was encouraging to see them all sharing ideas, having fun and working together as teams.

He added: “The standard today was overwhelming and it was fantastic to see what enquiring minds you all have. You are the people who will be running our country in the future – you will be our doctors, engineers and technology innovators, and as an older person, I feel very safe in your hands.”

 

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