On the 17th July, a group of eleven Year 9 students travelled across Norwich to Sewell Park Academy to take part in the fourth annual ‘Norfolk More Able STEM Day’. Working in teams with students from across Norfolk, pupils were asked to take part in four different activity sessions.
In one session, students were given a programmable robot and tasked with devising a piece of code that would enable their robot to successfully navigate around a small racetrack. In another session, students were given access to the E-FIT (Electronic Facial Identification Technique) software used by Police forces across the UK to design sketches of wanted criminals. After acting out a mobile phone theft, students had the opportunity to design E-FIT portraits of Ms. Sutton and Mr. Reeder (the latter portrait bearing a passing resemblance to Shrek!). Students also had the opportunity to hear from current university students studying at top UK medical schools, and were given a crash course in diagnosing illnesses and in dealing with patients in a hospital environment.
Our students thoroughly enjoyed working with pupils from other schools, and about learning of the importance of studying STEM subjects and the opportunities available in those fields of study.