King's Worcester

17 May

STEM Club: Could you Survive on a Desert Island?

Lower Years STEM club has been one of the most popular lunchtime clubs at King’s this year. Lower & Upper Fourth pupils have been filling the Physics block every Tuesday lunchtime eager to learn & explore.

Mr Snell who is at King’s as part of his PCGE Placement has been running the club this term and wrote the below on what exciting things they have been getting up to:

After returning from the Easter holidays, we welcomed our budding and enthusiastic young scientists back to STEM Club. Mrs Gamble and I gather each week with our keen and committed group of 17 Lower Fourth students. They bring vigour and a willingness to learn and apply the sciences; this club is refreshing and exciting to lead, a highlight of my week. We have learned about static electricity and experimented with a Van der Graaf generator, as well as becoming forensic scientists and taking fingerprints!

Adding a few new faces along the way we have embarked on a new project to answer the following: Could you Survive on a Desert Island?

We are now halfway through our project and so far, we have written messages in invisible ink, and made recycled paper with which we would be able to write on and send a message in a bottle should we find ourselves washed up, helpless, on distant shores. Rotisserie style cookery? No problem! With our expertly designed water-powered mills, we could easily attach bamboo spits with which to roast our food to perfection – making life on the island all the more manageable. This handy tool can also double as a fan to cool us in exotic temperatures.

This week, we made rope from bin bags that have washed up on the island (prompting a healthy discussion on the importance of reducing plastic waste). Said rope can easily be used to hook fish, whilst being invaluable for erecting makeshift tents/shelter. Developing these ideas, we discussed how we might strengthen the rope for potential climbing should we need to scale any cliffs (these ropes are surprisingly strong using a two-strand plat technique). The students discovered that as we join strands in parallel, the strength of the rope increases.

I look forward to the next couple of weeks where, upon completing the project, students will be put forward for a ‘Crest Award’ to recognise their hard work.

As a PGCE Student on placement here at King’s, leading the STEM club since Easter has been a very rewarding experience and, though I will be leaving the school at half term, I hope these keen scientists maintain their enthusiasm and passion for the subject and I wish them all the very best with their upcoming exams.

Mr. Snell

STEM Club is held every Tuesday in the science block and all Lower Years pupils are welcome to join in. Follow @KSWSTEMandEco to keep up with all the exciting things they are getting up to.