Two groups of students in Year 8 have set out on a cross-curricular challenge, making use of their skills in science, technology and presentation.
Over the course of the summer term they have partnered with mentors from industry who will offer their professional advice and judgement. The girls’ group, Eco-lution, are designing a future–proof building, a floating hospital aimed at tackling the problems thrown up by climate change. Jen from Chadderton based firm Diodes is acting as their mentor.
On the boys’ team, known as Isle de Radclyffe, the idea of ‘my school as an island’ is occupying their thoughts. The boys are mentored by Richard from the specialist railway infrastructure company Volker Rail.
The project is about more than just science. The teams have moved into Design & Technology classrooms where they will build models, and write up a report of the results of their research.
The project concludes with the teams making a presentation to an expert panel of people from local businesses.
As well as a trophy for the winners, they could also go forward, Covid-permitting, to a competition with schools across the North West. Teacher of Science Dr Gemma Thomson said, “The students get to learn about the real life challenges that they might face in industry. They have made an excellent start to the project and we are really looking forward to their final designs.”
Look out for the results of the students’ work in the Summer edition of the newsletter