Stem Challenge 2024

05 Feb 2024

On Monday, 5th February, a STEM challenge took place involving year 6 students and the whole of secondary school. This educational initiative was designed to highlight the practical applications of STEM principles, fostering a hands-on learning experience across different year groups.

For the Year 6 pupils, the task was to build a bridge that measured 60 cm in length and 20 cm in width. The students showed enthusiasm throughout the day, showing their creativity to design and construct some remarkable bridges using everyday materials. This activity was not just a demonstration of their understanding of engineering concepts such as stability and load-bearing structures but also a testament to their ability to innovate with simple resources.

The secondary department faced a different kind of challenge, focusing on renewable energy. Students were tasked with creating either solar-powered street lights or solar-powered water heating systems. This project aimed to ignite an interest in sustainable energy solutions and to make students aware of the potential of renewable resources to reduce environmental issues such as pollution and the over-reliance on fossil fuels.

Throughout the day, both year groups exhibited exemplary teamwork and creativity. In the secondary department, the challenge went a step further, with students conceptualizing solar-powered parks, cities, and even places of worship. These imaginative ideas not only showcased their technical skills but also reflected a deeper understanding of how renewable energy can be integrated into various aspects of society to create more sustainable communities.

The STEM challenge was a resounding success, achieving its goal of engaging students in practical, real-world applications of their learning. It encouraged them to think critically about the world around them, to innovate with the resources available, and to envision a future where technology and sustainability go hand in hand. The enthusiasm and skills displayed by the students at KNES were a clear indication of the potential future contributions they could make towards advancing renewable energy solutions and creating a more sustainable world.