Army BASE hold STEM day for UIII and LIV

On Thursday 11th October, the Army BASE (British Army Supporting Education) team, visited St Mary’s to run a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) day for UIII and LIV.

The girls were shown an inspirational video showing the huge variety of careers available in STEM which then focused on the Bloodhound SSC Challenge. The Bloodhound SSC is a British made vehicle that hopes to break the world land speed record (also currently held by the British) by reaching a speed of 1000 mph. The girls were split into teams and each given a block of polystyrene that they had to fashion into an aerodynamic vehicle using a hot wire cutter and sandpaper. In addition, each team had to produce a flag to wave during the challenge that represented their team. The girls worked confidently, efficiently and well as a team, learning how to use new equipment to design and build their cars.

We then went up to the hockey pitch, where a guide wire had been placed for the cars to follow. After a short safety talk, the cars were loaded with a rocket and were launched using an electronic ignition which the girls pressed after a dramatic countdown. The winning team achieved a top speed of 45 mph; very impressive given that the speed trap was only 10 meters from where the rocket cars were launched.

The girls had a great day, asked some superb questions of Corporal Tom and Corporal Jason and certainly went away inspired to consider careers in STEM.

by Martin Lawrence, Head of Science