Students from The Chaucer School Canterbury took part on Monday 31 March 2014 in the South Kent Science and Technology Challenge Day at Canterbury Christ Church University, alongside gifted and talented students from Bennett Memorial, Harvey Grammar, Marlowe Academy, Sir Roger Manwood’s, Spires Academy, St Anselm’s, St George’s C of E, Norton Knatchbull and Ursuline College.
The aim of the event, organised by MCS projects Ltd, was to increase students ‘enthusiasm for STEM subjects and increase their awareness of the applications of science in our society. Our students worked in mixed-school teams on 4 challenges (see http://mcsprojectsltd.co.uk/?page_id=14 for more details):
- The use of E-FIT software (used by police forces to construct facial images of criminal suspects).
- Robot design, construction and programming
- Design and construction of an electric vehicle
- Design and construction of a bridge using only paper, tape and string
The students from Chaucer were: In Year 8, Tristan Quinn, Finlay Belle, Kabita Gharti Magar, Elliott Westwood, Gina Bates-Miller and Diana Waitawa. In Year 9: Liam Checksfield, Kieron Collins, Max Harris, Dijogjena Rama and Alex Munteanu.
Our students showed a lot of initiative and maturity when working in their teams with students from other schools. They all displayed excellent thinking and team working skills. Finlay Belle and his team reached 3rd place for the E-FIT challenge and Kieron Collins, Max Harris and Elliott Westwood reached 1st place in the bridge construction, which is an amazing achievement. These students have made their school proud!
Assistant Headteacher - LP-Science