Kids harness wind power in challenge

Pupils take part in the STEM Day.
Pupils take part in the STEM Day.

Garstang Community Academy students put their science, technology, engineering and maths talents to the test in a one-day challenge.

The session was designed to enhance students’ aptitude for problem solving, creativity, design and engineering and was designed to complement to the National Curriculum.

The 40 Year 9 pupils worked on a project called The Wind Turbine Challenge, having to design and construct a wind turbine to produce the greatest amount of electricity.

Gareth Marks, project leader of technology at the school, who organised the day, said: “We were delighted to have this amazing opportunity. I’m sure it will encourage our pupils to connect the taught elements of Science and Technology to what happens in engineering in the real world. By taking part in this STEM day, we hope to encourage our learners to consider future careers linked to these very important subjects.”

The STEM Day was run by the independent educational charity, The Smallpeice Trust as part of an ongoing programme of courses designed to help young people learn and develop skills in engineering, design, technology and manufacturing.

Tom Adams, education officer from The Smallpeice Trust, said: “It was very encouraging to see the students so enthusiastic.”