STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Week!
The children in KS4 at Wings Cumbria have participated in the promotion of GMACS Greater Manchester Apprenticeship and Careers Service virtual events as part of National Apprenticeship Week with a focus on Apprenticeships in Science (AstraZeneca).
The young people watched live streams of two second year students within the Oxford Astrazeneca pharmaceutical company.
Link below, to highlight apprenticeships information, how to apply and entry requirements
NAWGM: National Apprenticeship Week 2021
What a fantastic opportunity for everyone to find out about careers within specific sectors/organisations.
As well as all this the young people have also been doing:
Purposeful Practical Science
Practical science work during COVID-19 and beyond!
Throughout the week KS3 and KS4 children have participated in various experiments linked to each strand of science to further encourage real life applications of practical’s covered within the curriculum, such as:- combustion , hydrocarbons, reactivity, metals, catalyst reactions, reversible reactions, extracting material, recycling and explosions
Making Hand Sanitizer
Secondary science students have also throughout the pandemic have broadened their knowledge of pathogens and infections as part of the GCSE syllabus, where they have had the opportunity to make their own hand sanitizer, grow cultured bacterial samples and develop a basic antibiotic.
Space and NASA
STEM week at Wings has also promoted the new landing of NASA latest rover ‘Perseverance’ with lessons developed around the latest landing along with relevant lessons linked to the meaning of the word ‘perseverance’
Perseverance is a NASA rover that landed on Mars, in February 2021. The rover is searching for past evidence for life on Mars and collecting samples to be returned to Earth with a planned sample return mission, from NASA and the European Space Agency, ESA.
The Art and Photography department have investigated taking panoramic photographs around the site, mirroring images produced by the rover, with discussion on why digital imagery is important for scientific research and development.
‘The cameras providing panoramic photographs will help scientists assess the geologic history and atmospheric conditions of Jezero Crater and will assist in identifying rocks and sediment. The cameras also will help the mission team determine which rocks the rover should sample and collect for eventual return to Earth in the future.’
Children in Photography lessons have been creating their own Perseverance Mars Landers out of old Radio-controlled buggies, then learning how to take a Panoramic Photograph, to take their own Photo in the style of the amazing photos of Mars that the real Perseverance took last week.