EVENTS, WORKSHOPS AND VISITS: 2014-15
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) related workshops, clubs, visits and activities at Ifield Community College in Crawley.
Thursday 12th February, 7pm – This fun evening event is designed to raise awareness and show families some of the courses and careers available in STEM, as well as give everyone the opportunity to work in teams on an exciting ‘hands on’ design and make challenge activity.
STEM@ICC - We have managed to acquire a couple of programmable VEX robots (www.vexrobotics.com/vexiq). Unfortunately we were not able to enter this year’s VEX IQ Challenge 2015 (www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMQAYdLGOMQ) so we ran our own “ICC VEX Robot Challenge” on Thursday 12th February, 2015 at lunchtime. Entry was free.
This time our deliverers were courtesy of STEMSussex down at University of Brighton and the evening again was a mix of engineering careers guidance and hands-on practical engineering for all the family. Nearly 100 attendees included 4 guest engineer-speakers, along with representatives from both STEMSussex and Compact Plus, the University of Brighton outreach scheme for students here at ICC.
Wednesday 15th April, from 11.45am until 2.30pm - As part of our commitment to getting more students aware of further education, STEMatICC has forged close links to the University of Brighton through STEM Sussex, the regional co-ordinators of STEM related activities throughout Sussex. As part of that programme, 15 students were invited to attend a STEM-related day, including 2 lectures and an “Egg Drop Engineering Challenge” supported by STEM Ambassador Undergraduates, designing and making contraptions to protect an egg dropped from varying heights.
2 teams of three students had to design and build a vehicle or device to perform a specified task. The task always involves the transportation of an egg (hard-boiled) using supplied materials, e.g. motor and battery, balsa wood, string, glue and also other materials relevant to the specific task. This year’s challenge was to project an egg and trigger the release without human interaction.
Engineers / STEM ambassadors from Thales came in to deliver a 6 week introduction to electronics course.
Students worked in pairs to understand electronics theory and build steadily more complicated circuits, leading to them designing and building the best metal detector and making the most ‘finds’ in the final week.
The winning pair, Abbie Allen and Keane Polykett, pictured here on a hot, sunny day representing ICC in this year’s inter-school final held at Big Bang South East in June 2015.