Activities

Science and Technology Challenge Days are arranged across the UK for More Able Year 8/9′s. Young people undertake practical STEM-related activities led by members of our team of students recruited from leading local universities. Young people also take part in a Q&A session with the students, finding out more about university life. In 2018, 96% of the teachers and 86% of the young people that attended our days, considered them to be ‘good’ or ‘very good’.

Below is a video and an outline of our typical activities:

Robot Challenge

Using the latest Lego Mindstorm EV3 kit, young people design and build robots. They are then asked to programme the infrared and light sensors to avoid a series of obstacles on a track.

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E-FIT Challenge

A short sketch is acted out involving the theft of a mobile phone. Using the latest commercial E-FIT software, the young people generate an image of the thief. Finally the ‘thief’ returns so that their appearance can be compared with the young peoples’ images.

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Electric Car Challenge

Using plastic kit pieces, young people design and then build a battery powered vehicle. At the end the vehicles are raced against each other. Young people are encouraged to investigate how design effects the speed and ‘power’ of their vehicle.

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Diagnostics

Young people undertake the role of a doctor investigating illnesses. To make their diagnoses they question the patient, test ‘urine’ samples and examine X-rays and brains scans. Finally the young people consider how the brain works, and how technology is being used to improve the lives of disabled people.

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