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STEM day

Our highly popular annual STEM events at the Academy took place again at the start of July. With even more local primary schools taking part this year, three days were set aside to entertain, amaze and educate year 5 pupils from six schools. Pupils from West Borough, Palace Wood, Brunswick House, Aylesford, Kings Hill and Allington  thoroughly enjoyed a fun packed day of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) activities.

In the first part of each day, the pupils learnt about the first Ferris Wheel and were challenged to build a replica model using the KNEX construction system together with a motor to make it spin independently. They then attended 5 sessions about Forces led by year 9 St Augustine Academy students which included the use of spaghetti and marshmallows to illustrate the differences in strength between cubes and pyramids!  The day culminated in the challenge for the pupils to build bridges to cross a 1.2m span and hold a 1kg mass.  Each team was provided with 30 newspaper  ‘STIXX’ and 50 cable ties with which to build their bridge which would withstand the heaviest weight balanced on it.  The hundreds of STIXX had been made by Academy students over the previous days out of a mountain of newspapers kindly donated by staff and the KM Group without which the project would have collapsed – unlike some of the magnificent bridges made by the primary pupils!