CELEBRATING STEM WEEK (SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING & MATHEMATICS)
Students at The Coleshill School enjoyed a full week of exciting Science activities as part of British Science Week. Throughout the week various challenges were set including a ‘Plastercine Boat Challenge for Year 8 students and a ‘Spaghetti Tower Challenge’ for Year 9 students. Selected Year 9 students also took part in a Jaguar Land Rover visit, discussing the different apprenticeship options available in the company. The students then took part in a poster competition to share this information with their peers – the best ones are now displayed in the school career area. Year 7 took part in a forensics session were they had to use their critical skills as well as their scientific technique to solve a crime.
Year 10 students took part in a ‘real-life’ crime scene, analysing blood splatter, fingerprinting, weapon imprints and ballistics. Students enjoyed dressing up and using real equipment to read the evidence left by the perpetrator.
Year 7 students were visited by Jaguar Land Rover where they used real laboratory equipment to study different materials used in vehicles and test its density and hardness. They also enjoyed using a powerful microscope to look at the fine structure of metals.
Selected Year 8, 9 and year 10 students took part in the national Biology Challenge, where they competed against schools across the country in an online biology quiz which covers GCSE biology ideas as well as general knowledge about British natural history.
Our STEM Club students visited the Big Bang Fair at the NEC, a celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths, which included taking part in experiments and activities such as building a gravity racer, walking through a wind tunnel and rocket building. The STEM club also took part in a five week challenge to build a machine to transport an egg across a bottomless cavern. The final was held and the winning team – ‘Team Egg’ was crowned after developing a sophisticated crane method of transporting their egg.
The week ended with an invited guests, Mr Chris Webb who delivered a session on alternative routes into Engineering to Year 11 students and the team from Arconica who spoke to the Applied Science Year 12 class about engineering and apprenticeships. Students for this were chosen based on their aspirations to follow careers in mechanics, engineering or design through apprenticeships or University courses after leaving school. This enrichment session gave the students a valuable hands-on experience to aid their future careers.
Ms Rollason, STEM Coordinator said “The week has been an opportunity to involve all our students in the exciting diverse world of science, technology and maths and show them how everyone can enjoy it. We run a weekly STEM Club which is very popular with our students and local primary children who this year have taken part in a number of projects in both maths and in science, most recently transporting an egg across an obstacle course without breaking it. The STEM club is growing every year and there will be more exciting activities later in the year to look forward to!”
On Wednesday 5th March 2018 a team of students from The Coleshill School took part in the Digital Schoolhouse Esports regional qualifying tournament at Staffordshire University.
The Digital Schoolhouse, powered by PlayStations National Esports Tournament, is designed to engage and inspire students with careers and opportunities within the games, esports and creative industries, it uses play-based learning to engage the next generation of students and teachers with the new computing curriculum. The aim is to bridge the gap between industry and education to prepare the next generation for a digital age.
The Digital Schoolhouse eSports Tournament started in January 2018 with 20 schools taking part and an estimated reach of 1500-2000 students. Two teams from The Coleshill School entered and team ‘Ben Hyper Carry’ went through to the regional qualifiers.
Lisa Cooper, Teacher of ICT said “The team were given some great advice from Ramesh Singh, a former professional player. They played really hard against very strong competition and came joint third . This was a fantastic day for our students taking part in a national competition and they enjoyed the whole experience of the eSports Challenge!
Year 10 GCSE and BTEC Sport Students attended the ‘Get Moving’ day at the Hawthorns, home to West Bromwich Albion football club.
The day was designed to introduce them to the possibility of studying at university and give them information on the types of post-graduate courses and potential career pathways within the sport and leisure industry.
As part of the day students also worked with two young entrepreneurs who have launched their own sportswear brand using money and expertise provided by the Prince’s Trust fund and had the opportunity to participate in some fun activities such as fitness testing.
Staff at The Coleshill School dressed up for World Book Day and students enjoyed being taught by a whole host of characters including a Golden Ticket, Hagrid, Jon Snow, Cruella de Vill, pirates, an Oompa Loompa, Miss Trunchbull, Miss Honey, Fantastic Mrs Fox, Sophie from BFG and James with his Giant Peach to name just a few!
Students received book tokens and have taken part in ERIC Everyone Reading In Class, as well as discussions on books in English.
M6 Junctions 2 to 4 Major Roadworks
We have been advised by Highways England that major roadworks will be taking place on the M6 motorway between Junctions 2 (A46 Coventry) and 4 (M42(S)/A446) to convert this section into a smart motorway.
These works will commence on Monday 12th March 2018 and are expected to be completed by March 2020. Inevitably these roadworks will have some impact on the local community and road users. We ask therefore that should you use this motorway or any of the surrounding roads that you allow extra time for your journey to and from school, as the safety and well-being of our staff and students is paramount.
Should you require further information this can be obtained from Highways England website, http://roads.highways.gov.uk/projects/m6-junction-2-to-junction-4-smart-motorway