Problem solving and creativity in a day of technical learning at Neale Wade Academy in March

Neale Wade Academy STEM day

Neale Wade Academy STEM day - Credit: Archant

Creativity was put to the test at Neale-Wade Academy in March when they held a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) day.

Neale Wade Academy STEM day

Neale Wade Academy STEM day - Credit: Archant

The day provided short sessions for students in Year 11 to look at problem solving, creativity, design and engineering.

Sam Mandley, director of curriculum and careers at Neale-Wade, said: “It was really excellent to see the students so engaged in the project.

“The day helped extend their knowledge about STEM subjects both in school and in the place of work.”

Jason Wing, executive principal of Neale-Wade, said: “The benefits from the STEM days are huge.

Neale Wade Academy STEM day

Neale Wade Academy STEM day - Credit: Archant


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“They provide a great opportunity for our students to consider the interactions between different subject areas and really stretch and challenge their thinking.”

It was sponsored by the National Networks for Collaborative Outreach scheme, which encourages more young people to enter Higher Education.

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Students worked together on design and make projects, such as constructing a speaker that can amplify sound.

This involved students first understanding the science behind sound amplification by creating a simple speaker made from polystyrene plates, before soldering together a circuit board and finally building a cabinet to house the speaker.

The activity encouraged students to work in a team and develop both their innovation and presentation skills.

STEM days also improve time management, communication skills and enable prior high attaining students to develop their higher order thinking.

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