STEM challenge

Year 10's take part in a STEM challenge at Gloucestershire University

On Wednesday 27th of June, 8 Y10 pupils took part in the Gloucestershire Rotary Technology Competition at Gloucestershire University. The teams had no idea what there challenge would be on the day but were just asked to bring along a range of tools and equipment. When we arrived I was ushered off to the canteen and told that I couldn't help or talk to the teams at all throughout the day. The task was to design and make a structure that would fire a plastic ball up to a height of 3m, through a hoop and then descend with a parachute. It also had to be remotely triggered - quite a challenge.
We competed against 20 teams representing 13 schools and managed to achieve 3rd place. We won £50 for the D&T department to be spent on a STEM need. I am extremely proud of all of the students who took part, they were a credit to Balcarras.
Team A -  Lilliah Rayner-Liddell, Alex Veal, Arran Baxter and Jacob Maxwell (3rd place winners)
Team B - Josh Cowling, Henry Tucker, Tom Watts and Joe Hall-Mutton


Jenny Swanepoel 
Head of Design and Technology