STEM Kier Workshop

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On 4th February Kier Construction - a Senior Quantity Surveyor, a Chartered Logistics Manager and a Chief Engineer - came to the Gilberd school to deliver workshops to year 8 and 10`s to give the students an insight into Construction & Engineering
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To help with this the students were given tasks that assisted in understanding the importance of planning, designing, problem solving , communication skills & being able to deliver to a set programme.

Year 8 (1st session)

The students has to construct a bridge using only A4 paper, sellotape and straws. The bridge must support the weight of a toy snow plough for a minimum of 30 seconds. Then additional cars will be added one by one, height will also be taken into account. They had 25 minutes to complete the task. The winning team had to fulfil the criteria and have a similar drawing as the 'Pre Construction Design` to the one as the POST Construction design. They were also awarded points for using less materials.

The students really enjoyed the workshop which made them think about working as a team and how to produce the bridge in a short amount of time. They were only allowed to ask one question.

The Kier representatives were fascinated by different designs and how they performed in the testing.

Year 10 (2nd Session)

The students had to construct a tower using only dried spaghetti & white tack. It had to be a minimum of 30cm tall and be able to support at least one rubber ball at least 20cm up the tower. They had 25 minutes to complete the task. The winning team had to fulfil the criteria and have a similar drawing as the 'Pre Construction Design` to the one as the POST Construction design. They were also awarded points for using less materials.

The students enjoyed the workshop which made them think about working as a team and how to produce the tower in a short amount of time. They were allowed to ask one question.

The designs were brilliant and Kier were very impressed with the approach the students had and how much thought they had put in. They were also amazed by the different variations in design and how technical the drawings were.