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Key Stage 3 students take part in a hands-on, interactive workshop with engineering experts.

Our students are used to being challenged in their learning.  This term our Key Stage 3 students took part in a hands-on, interactive workshop held at their school. 

A team of scientists and engineering experts visited our school and set an all-day challenge, giving expert help and advice on how to overcome and manage the obstacles they would face along the way. 



Working in small groups the students faced the challenge to design and build wind turbines capable of generating 2 watts of energy to power a light bulb, create a pump and irrigation system and build a waterproof water storage tank ; using only sheets of A4 paper, some straws, and a few sheets of cardboard and sticky tape!

This type of experiential learning with expert input is a familiar learning approach at Pedmore, embedding many key skills such as creativity, allocating resources effectively, team work, communication, entrepreneurship, research and analytical skills to name but a few.   

At the end of the day, all the groups’ inventions were painstakingly tested to see who had designed and built the most effective models and an all-girl team won first prize

Mr Lloyd, our Headteacher said, “We are active members of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths network (STEM) with Dudley and relished the opportunity to have experts visits our school to work with our staff and students. Learning about sustainable energy is high on our agenda as a member of the national Eco-Schools group. This together with our recent installation of solar panels shows how committed we are to becoming a more eco-friendly school and raising awareness of our students and community in understanding the benefits of alternative, sustainable energy sources.  Our guest experts commented on how our students were completely engaged with the activity, each other and the expert team throughout the day and demonstrated the application of their learning throughout”.