Over the last week Glebelands School has been running its annual Community Science Challenge. This has seen over 400 students in Years 1-6 from our local primary schools competing to produce the tallest working lighthouses. Glebelands School students also had the opportunity to compete in an inter-form challenge in Years 7 and 8.
The groups took on the role of structural engineers and the challenge was for the students to make a lighthouse with a working bulb on top that was controlled by a switch. The taller the lighthouse the more points the groups received, as well as bonus points for a working bulb, a switch and completing the Maths challenges alongside. The students had a budget to make the lighthouse models with and it was amazing to see the structures they created from a limited number of resources. The tallest tower over the three days was an amazing 1.5m, which was taller than a lot of the participants!
These challenges showcase the creativity and enthusiasm that the students had in designing and working together to complete the task. It also gave their teachers a real chance to see the students working in a different environment and you could see a real engagement in order to try and build the best lighthouse.
Glebelands School takes the promotion of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects very seriously, and this was a great experience and opportunity to be able to let the students carry out some experiments that they may not get to do on a day to day basis in their school and hopefully inspire some of the future generations to take a real interest in the field of Science and Engineering.
Mr Stefan Radwanski
Senior Teacher/Head of Science