20 Dec STEM Update – December 2019
Congratulations to Robert (7G) and Chloe (8N) who were the winners of the STEM-a-THON competition. They tied on 15 words per minute. We encourage all students to participate in the next event as Chelsea Academy set up a team to compete at the STEM-a-THON challenge at the University of Oxford in the summer term. Look out for the announcement next term so you can enter!
The Big Assembly (Year 8)
This term 8N and 8E had a chance to participate live from their classroom in ‘The Big Assembly’ during Tomorrow’s Engineer Week. The Big Assembly is a live digital broadcast allowing students the opportunity to ask questions to a panel of specialist live!
Here is some feedback from our students:
“I have learnt that there are many paths to engineering, such as mechanical and biomedical. Each path is very different and each type specifies different requirements. You can do anything in engineering and anyone can be an engineer. Engineering has a big impact on everyone and on society.”– Monty (8N)
We look forward to having more classes join in on the event during the National Apprenticeship in February.
Rolls Royce Science Prize Event
As this year’s finalists, Mrs Gonzales, Ms Warr and Ms Omerbasic represented Chelsea Academy at the Rolls Royce Science Prize. The event took place at the Science Museum and was a chance for Chelsea Academy to showcase our achievements using Robotics and New and Emerging Technologies within the Design and Technology curriculum. Well done to all the students who took part during curriculum time as well as after school clubs! The competition had over 2000 applications and it was an amazing opportunity for us to work with Rolls Royce on such a prestigious event.
Our KS4 students on the IMAX Screen
Ms Omerbasic, Miss Warr and Mrs Gonzales at the event
Snot, Sick and Scab Show (KS3)
Years 7 and 8 had a chance to learn about ‘Snot, Sick and Scab’ during an assembly this half term. Students had a chance to take on the role of a scientist and discover the world of cells, bacteria and viruses. It was a messy, yet engaging event run by Queen Mary’s University of London that all students engaged with.
Senior Maths Challenge and British Mathematical Olympiad – Ms Scott
This term 30 students from Year 11 to 13 completed the 90 minute Senior Maths Challenge where they used problem solving skills to tackle challenging algebra and geometry problems. Students were successfully awarded 3 gold certificates, 5 silver certificates and 15 bronze certificates. Special congratulations to Amier H who qualified for the prestigious British Mathematical Olympiad and Mariano D who qualified for the Senior Kangaroo competition.
Maths and Technology – Ms Scott
Congratulations to Logan S and Nicola D who entered the Desmos Maths Art competition which was part of the first ever Maths Week England event. Logan and Nicola used over 300 equations to recreate an image of the Joker. The judges were so impressed by their efforts that they have sent them two desmos t-shirts as a prize.
British Physics Olympiad Year 13 – Miss Beadles
This term, five outstanding Physics Year 13 students took part in the Physics Olympiad where they are stretching in past the specification of A-Level and tested with university-style problems. We are proud to report that our students achieved the following results:
- Ali J – Gold
- Amier H – Bronze I
- Kristof M – Bronze I
- Ebed G – Bronze II
- Sakhawat S – Commendation
Congratulations to all of the students who took part! This is a highly competitive challenge and was enjoyed by all that took part!
Connect Physics Workshop KS3 – Year 8 Miss Beadles
Two Year 8 classes participated in their first ‘connect physics’ workshop this term and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The workshops encourage students to think of the bigger picture through connecting different ideas, such as topics from KS3 science, the latest physics research or their everyday lives. The first workshop allowed students to gain an understanding of ‘what is physics?’. The aim of this workshop was to introduce students to the variety of topics that are part of the study of physics and encourage students to discover the links between these topics. The two classes will experience two more workshops, in Terms 2 and 3 to follow up on their first workshop, which is provided to us through our South East Physics Network partnership.
Year 10 D&T Trip to Science Museum: Engineer of the Future
Year 10 Design and Technology have been looking at the role of an Engineer and the impact new technologies will have on our future. As part of the unit they have had a chance to visit two exhibitions at the Science Museum focussing on self driving technologies and engineering your future. Students had a chance to consolidate their learning in class and also reflect on the social and ethical decisions when designing and engineering products for the future.
Outreach Programs – Imperial College
This term we have had a number of students apply and participate in a range of outreach programs run by leading universities.
STEM Maker Challenge (Imperial College)
Recently we had Maryam A (Year 12) and Joshua A (Year 13) be offered places on the STEM Maker challenge. Well done to both students who applied and participated in the after school program. What an opportunity to work with the university and industry leaders to develop an idea and see it through to creation.
Furthermore, well done to Joshua A who over the weekend was announced as the winner for this term’s STEM maker challenge! He impressed the judges and also won a 3D printer!
Joshua explains his experience on the Maker challenge:
“Being apart of the Maker challenge at Imperial College was a very intriguing experience, I took part in workshop courses such as CAD, 3D printing and electronics such as using Arduino and I was able to gain a good understanding of how they work. Halfway through the programme, we were given the opportunity to use the skills we learnt and design a prototype of our own product and present it to a panel of judges. I designed a pen that had the ability to write in any colour it scans using a colour sensor. I made a looks-like model of the pen and a circuit which mimics the actions of a colour sensor using arduino. I enjoyed being apart of this programme as I got to meet some interesting people and got to learn ways in which I can improve my presentational skills. With my idea and the various skills I learnt, I won the maker challenge!”
Joshua’s presentation, module and use of Arduino to program his idea
STEM Potential (Imperial College)
Congratulations to Amalid (Year 10) and Jasmine (Year 10) who have been selected and offered a place on the two year STEM Potential programme. This is a chance for students to attend lectures, subject-specific workshops and a non-residential summer school over a two year period at Imperial College.
If you are interested in these opportunities, please make sure you check your email as these events are shared with you as they are released. If considering applying for the programs please speak to Mrs Gonzales to support you in writing your personal statement.