STEMFest, Plymouth Aquarium

Posted in Computing, Design Technology, Geography, Maths, Science

We had a wonderful day at the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth working alongside apprentices from Princess Yachts, South Devon College and the staff at the aquarium in Plymouth. On arrival, we were taken to a large area with children from other schools and gazed in awe at the beautiful sea creatures that surrounded us.

The day was split in to four parts: using tools to make a Princess Yachts coaster, going on a VR tour, working in teams to make a pirate ship that could float and carry as much cargo as possible and finally a rowing competition which included an introduction to our challenge to build our own boat back at school. One of our groups were given an award for their teamwork, which we were all very proud of and our rower won the rowing competition!

Making Coasters

We used stencils and ink to make the markings we wanted on the coaster then used an engraving machine to cut in to the metal. We also needed to file and sand the coasters to ensure that they were smooth.

Designing and Making a Boat

Having fun with Virtual Reality!

Award Ceremony

Rowing Champion!

The Big Bang!

Posted in Design Technology, Maths, Science

We enjoyed taking part in The Big Bang event at Great Torrington School where we learned more about science, technology, engineering and mathematics.


We had the opportunity to measure our blood pressure, pulse, peak flow and listen to our hearts beat.


In the second workshop we learned how to use a green screen and camera to impose ourselves in to a James Bond film. We all really enjoyed dressing up!

We also had the opportunity to meet people who work in industries using science, technology, engineering and mathematics.