Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

STEMNET

Being part of STEMNET creates opportunities to inspire young people at St Katherine’s in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). This enables young people to develop their creativity, problem-solving and employability skills, widens their choices and supports the UK’s future competitiveness.

STEMNET helps encourage young people to be well informed about STEM, able to engage fully in debate, and make decisions about STEM related issues.

The Jaguar Maths in Motion Challenge

Over the past 3 years our Key Stage 3 students have been involved in the Jaguar (car company) Challenge. This is a national schools competition where students plan a grand prix race using a computer program (Maths in Motion). It involves a number of mathematical skills including measuring lengths and angles, calculating percentages , planning pit stops and working out fuel consumption. In the past we have reached the quarter finals.

STEM in the Sixth Form

The STEM sixth form tutor groups have enjoyed visits from STEM ambassadors.

Past ambassador visitors have included:

  • Rory Shanks – Civil Engineering student Bristol University discussed Pathways into Engineering
  • Caroline Evans – a Phd student sponsored by AstraZeneca discussed careers in Chemistry and the Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Simon Stevens – Centre for Research in Analytical, Materials and Sensor Science at UWE discussed careers in Science

Past STEM events

  • Green power electric powered racing car, raced at Castle Combe
  • Science Club, including Rocket building and filming from the rockets
  • Astronomy Club, including the night sky dome
  • Design an iphone app club, KS3 students designing and producing a working iphone app
  • Trojan Horse Club, designing and making a 3 metre high Trojan horse for use in a Greek play with students studying Classics and Product Design
  • Kite Club in the summer term