On Tuesday Year 6 took part in the Worcestershire Primary STEM Challenge competition.
They began by discussing the roles of engineers across all aspects of society and were surprised by how many different engineering careers are available. They also discussed types of renewable energy.
The task for the day was to design and build an eco-house, using Knex, to a given specification. As you can see from the photos, they became totally engaged in the task, to the extent that some children wanted to miss playtime to continue working!
They discussed ideas, made decisions, evaluated their work and solved problems, while also developing their teamwork and communication skills. All of the designs had some excellent ideas for conserving energy from wind turbines to solar panels and water conservation. The winning design was built by Anya and William, who will now go through to the final, next week, against the other Worcestershire schools.
A big thank you to Sarah Laylor, from STEM Works, for leading a very engaging and successful workshop and for encouraging the pupils to think about a career in engineering. There is certainly a lot of talent for design and innovation in Year 6.