Category Archives: STEM

Diana Award 2020

Congratulations to Jenna Young on becoming the recipient of the Diana Award. This award recognises social action or humanitarian work and is one of the most prestigious accolades a young person aged 9-25 years can receive.

As leader of the Braidhurst STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Club, Jenna helped many pupils to successfully design, build and refine cutting edge technological systems. She is passionate about encouraging females into the world of engineering, is an excellent role model and demonstrates an on-going commitment to the Scottish Government’s STEM strategy by selflessly dedicating her time to help and encourage others. Jenna inspires pupils of all ages to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects in school which she hopes will enable likeminded people to maximise their future career opportunities.

For many years, Jenna has devoted her lunchtimes and afternoons to lead a successful and popular Robotics club within Braidhurst High School. She has successfully created a fun and welcoming learning environment and fulfilled her aim of encouraging other pupils to both appreciate and enjoy STEM subjects by using up-to-date technology.

This young ambassador has encouraged and stimulated the interest of younger pupils by ensuring that the robotics club maintains a profile at school events. It is hoped that this exposure to STEM concepts will nurture creative advancement in robotics and electronics, allow others to develop their skills in leadership, communication and teamwork and so much more. The foundations of building our future engineers are being fostered by the club.

Well done Jenna, we are all very proud of your achievement!

ROBOTICS SUCCESS

Congratulations to the school’s robotic teams: “Visible” and “Anonymous” for competing in the UK National Vex robotics competition in Telford.  The Vex Robotics Challenge is the World’s Largest and Fastest-Growing Robotics Competition for High Schools, Colleges and Universities. Nearly 60 teams had qualified for the UK finals, which took place at the Telford International conference centre. At the competition the North Lanarkshire teams took on the best of the UK and the two teams for Scotland were qualifiers for the elimination rounds. In the Competitions, teams of students are tasked with designing and building a robot to play against other teams in a game-based engineering challenge. Classroom STEM concepts are put to the test on the playing field as students learn lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, communications, and more. The club has been very well supported by North Lanarkshire Council and includes pupils ranging from S1 to S4. Currently the Braidhurst High School STEM Club has 24 members including their mentor Jenna Young who is a S6 STEM ambassador. Jenna has taken on the commitment to support the younger less experienced members and is a good role model.

BRILLIANT CLUB – SCHOLARS PROGRAMME

Twelve of our S3 pupils recently took part in the ‘Brilliant Club’ scholars programme which exists to increase the number of pupils progressing to highly-selective universities. The scholars programme provided the pupils with the opportunity to experience university style learning as they worked in small groups and were supported by a PhD level tutor over the course of the term in order to complete a  module culminating in a final assignment. The in-school tutorials were also complemented by a trip to Strathclyde University for the launch trip.

For a number of weeks our pupils worked along-side their PhD tutor, Clara Vergez. Pupils worked through a module titled ‘Visions of Vessels: How do doctors see disease inside the body?’ We are delighted to announce that all 12 pupils passed the programme, with a number of them achieving a first class pass. Their hard work and effort was rewarded with an invitation for them and their parents/carers to a fantastic graduation ceremony. The ceremony took place at the University of Edinburgh on Thursday 6th of February. Congratulations to all the pupils and thanks to Dr Gardner for supporting the pupils throughout the programme.

ROBOTICS SUCCESS

Congratulations to our robotic teams: “Anonymous, “Visible”, “The Quadruple Clefs” and “Me and the Boyz” for participating in the regional championships in the VEX Tower Take Over Challenge.   This year’s competition was held at New College Lanarkshire in Motherwell.   Teams from North Lanarkshire schools competed against each other for an ‘alliance place’ in the UK regional finals, which are held in Telford, and we are delighted two of our teams were successful in achieving a place.   The Vex Robotics Challenge is the world’s largest and fasters-growing robotics competition for secondary schools, universities and colleges.   More than 12,000 teams from 32 countries playing in over 750 tournaments compete to become the best globally.   Members of the robotics club are now refining their skills in programming, problem solving, team-work and driving before they go to the national competition.

VEX ROBOTICS – NATIONAL FINAL

Congratulations to the school’s robotic teams “KOALA-T” and “Anonymous” for reaching the quarter finals in the UK National Vex robotics competition in Telford.

The Vex Robotics Challenge is the world’s largest and fastest-growing robotics competition for high schools, colleges and universities. More than 10,000 teams from 32 countries took part in over 750 tournaments to compete to become the best in the world.

Nearly 60 teams had qualified for the UK finals, which took place at the Telford International Conference Centre. At the competition the North Lanarkshire teams took on the best of the UK with the Braidhurst teams making it through to the quarter finals.

In the VEX Competitions, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, teams of students are tasked with designing and building a robot to play against other teams from around the world in a game-based engineering challenge. Classroom STEM concepts are put to the test on the playing field as students learn lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, communications, and more.

The Braidhurst robotics club has been very well supported by North Lanarkshire and includes pupils ranging from S1 to S4 including three S5 female students who act as STEM ambassadors and have committed to supporting the younger less experienced members. They are true role models and are equipping the developing young minds to meet the autonomous revolution that all countries are facing.

EDINBURGH SCIENCE FESTIVAL

On Friday 1st March a group of 44 Braidhurst pupils attended a great day out at the Edinburgh Science Festival at the National Museums Scotland. Pupils had the opportunity to explore the exhibits and develop their STEM learning and skills as part of our developing the young workforce programme.

ROBOTICS SUCCESS

Congratulations to team “KOALA-T”, “Neptunes Angels” and “Anonymous” from Braidhurst High School for winning the regional championships and the Judges Award in the VEX Turning point Challenge. This year’s competition was held at New College Lanarkshire (Motherwell Campus) with Teams from North Lanarkshire Schools competing against each other for an “alliance place” in the UK regional finals in Tedford.

The Vex Robotics Challenge is the World’s Largest and Fastest-Growing Robotics Competition for High Schools, Colleges and Universities. In the VEX Competitions, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, teams of students are tasked with designing and building a robot to play against other teams from around the world in a game-based engineering challenge. Classroom STEM concepts are put to the test on the playing field as students learn lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, communications, and more.

Tournaments are held at regional, and national levels; local champions go on to compete against the best in the world at VEX Worlds each April. The club has been very well supported by North Lanarkshire and includes pupils ranging from S1 to S4. Currently the school’s STEM club has 21 members including three S5 female students, STEM ambassadors who have taken on the commitment to support the younger less experienced members.