School reports for duty, sir!

Young scientists at Nether Stowe School have completed a top STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) mission today (5 June), rising to the challenge of designing new kit and equipment for the British Army.

More than 120 year 9 students welcomed the British Army Support Education (BASE) team in to school for a “dynamic, engaging and exhilarating” STEM workshop. For the Front-Line Science Challenge, children applied the principles of physics, chemistry or biology to design products for the army to use in its future operations, including a hi-tech helmet and healthy energy bar.

The inventive year 9s at Nether Stowe, part of the respected Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP), had the opportunity to experience some of the army’s current kit and equipment, to aid the design process.

BASE provides a school-based, curriculum aligned and hands on experience, which has been specifically developed to spark and maintain children’s interest in STEM as they begin to consider their future subject and career options.

Nether Stowe teacher, Helen Hunt, said: “This was a fantastic experience for students – a dynamic, engaging, exhilarating workshop to inspire them with STEM. Such activities encourage team work, develop critical thinking and promote perseverance among our children and young people.”

Headteacher, Glyn Langston-Jones, said:

Enormous thanks to the BASE for taking the time to visit the school. Our students benefited from this partnership immensely and were able to work creatively, use and develop key skills and build their knowledge of STEM. I salute their quality of work and high levels of engagement and look forward to seeing the end products in action.”

Photo by Richard T Harris for the Lichfield Mercury.