Back to STEM in Schools
We succesfully delivered our first STEM workshops since lockdown
As a startup, this year has been particularly difficult. We lost all of our school engagements when the lockdown was first announced in early February this year. So, it is not a surprise to say that we were delighted to deliver our first STEM workshops since lockdown at St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Primary School in Heywood.
As always, we put a lot of effort and preparation into our workshops. We packed 3 boxes worth of equipment containing material to deliver a full-day of workshops on electricity for 60 students. We then went on a 4.5hr journey up North from East London in stormy weather. We stayed in a local hotel close to the school so we could travel to the school in the morning to sign in and start setting up around 8.30 am.
It only took about 20 minutes to set up, and the workshops started promptly at 9.30 am. We started with a warm-up activity discussing various aspects of electricity such as voltage, current, and generation of electricity. We then showed students our mini generator kits. Next, we got the students to build series and parallel circuits on breadboards. They completed the tasks within the allocated time, which meant we had time to build a bonus circuit. The students built a touch switch circuit in pairs and learned how a simple transistor switch works to turn on an LED by passing a harmless current through our skin from a 9V battery. This exercise was one of the highlights of the day.
The engagement went so well we even had time to discuss how our robots are powered! We repeated the exercises with another group of students in the evening and finished the day with a street-dance performance. All in all, it was a good day's work, and the engagement was a great success. We cannot wait until 2021 to deliver more STEM workshops in schools.
Read more about our STEM workshops here.