STEM Week 2017!

NDA170626-095June 26th – June 30th saw North Durham Academy’s second annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) festival.

Funded by the Reece Foundation, the week which is organised by Mr Bourne, Academy STEM Coordinator, aims to engage and enthuse students into considering STEM-related subjects in the future.

This year’s extravaganza involved events organised across the trust at both North Durham and Consett academies and included the activities below, to name but a few:

  • Wonderstruck Explosive Science and Engineering Show where students witnessed rocket launchers, beds of nails, exploding shampoo and liquid nitrogen bombs. This was followed by two exciting workshops where students made their own fan powered cars and compressed air rockets.
  • Animal Antics Exotic Animal Encounters where students saw a wide selection of animals; from the cute and cuddly world of hedgehogs and rabbits to scary world of tarantulas, chameleons and snakes.
  • Durham University took over our drama studio with their 7 metre planetarium, showing students the exciting world of astronomy.
  • Newcastle University Schools of Chemistry and Medicine came into talked about Chemistry in Your Shopping Basked and to talk about the science of smells, as well as taking DNA from strawberries and discussing 24 hours in A&E
  • Northumbria University’s NU STEM talked to students about the Physics behind lighting shows.
  • The Engineering and Development Trust delivered their ‘First Edition Day’ to 100 year 9 students looking at engaging students into the exciting world of engineering.

Throughout the week, the STEM events engaged with around 1500 students across both academies, as well as from our feeder primary schools. Feedback from our primary partners was exceptionally positive and we look forward to working with them into the new academic year. We are now moving into the new academic year, working more closely than ever with our primary partners. We are now also working on providing a selection of specific staff training modules to our primary colleagues, as well as providing STEM-specific equipment which would not usually be available in primary schools.

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