Dropping eggs and balancing Mars Bars – pupils take on technological challenges

Engineering and Maths (STEM) day at Whitburn C of E Academy
Engineering and Maths (STEM) day at Whitburn C of E Academy

From dropping eggs over the balcony to balancing Mars Bars on a bridge.

Youngsters at Whitburn church of England Academy took part in part in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) Day.

Engineering and Maths (STEM) day at Whitburn C of E Academy

Engineering and Maths (STEM) day at Whitburn C of E Academy

The event supports the school’s curriculum by linking it to the wider world and demonstrating that what is being taught in the classroom has a direct relevance within the world of work.

Students were able to take part in a range of food-based activities including making marshmallow towers and launching egg parachutes.

Nick Clougher, principal teacher, head of faculty for maths and computing, who organised the STEM day, said: “The ‘menu’ of activities for our pupils included bridge building with the maths and computing facility, here they had to find out how many Mars Bars their bridge could carry.

“The languages faculty made egg parachutes and students had to drop them from the first flood balcony without them breaking, health and safety was reviewed for this activity.

Engineering and Maths (STEM) day at Whitburn C of E Academy

Engineering and Maths (STEM) day at Whitburn C of E Academy

“While spaghetti and marshmallows were used by the humanities facilities to make the tallest tower possible before it collapsed.

“Mind I’m not sure what the pupils did with all of the leftover marshmallows.”

The STEM Day’s benefits to students are that it provides them with information about their future careers and further education study options.

Engineering and Maths (STEM) day at Whitburn C of E Academy

Engineering and Maths (STEM) day at Whitburn C of E Academy

Sign at the gate of Whitburn C of E Academy

Sign at the gate of Whitburn C of E Academy