Design and Technology Department STEM Day

STEMDay 040The recent STEM day was attended by 50 S2 pupils on Friday the 18 December and was organised by Miss Gallagher, Principal Teacher of Design and Technology. The theme of the STEM day was a design and engineering task based on a ‘sustainable island’ sponsored by Tomorrow’s Engineers and delivered by Tom Adams from the Smallpeice Trust.

Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) days provide short introductory sessions for S2 pupils to enhance their understanding of, and aptitude for, problem solving, creativity, design, and engineering.

Pupils were involved in a smart building project with a focus on two areas of engineering. Pupils worked in small teams of six to design and build a system to filter, collect, detect and pump collected rainwater as part of an integrated system on a new smart building.  Pupils designed and built a watertight water-collection unit, building in a filtration system. They also had to assemble and solder an electronic water-detector and make a circuit for an electric pump in order to detect and then pump the water which has been collected. Pupils understood that this water could be used to flush toilets and water plants in the smart building.  Congratulations to all of the pupils who participated in this year’s STEM day and to the three winning teams who are photographed with the DHT for S2 and the Smallpeice Trust presenter Tom Adams.  More photographs can be viewed here.