Bunkered – Surviving a Global Disaster

Thinkers in Education

Developing Strategic Thinkers in STEM

An asteroid, as detected by the NEO programme, is hurtling toward Earth!  Pupils work as teams to represent governments around the world.  They must attempt to manage the disaster in the hopes of saving the human race - but what factors will influence their decisions about who to save and how to do it? 

As engineers, teams must design survival bunkers – analysing complex mathematical formulae to achieve optimum safety conditions within budget. As scientists, they must select who to save and determine if and how DNA screening will influence their decision. 

Then, when the asteroid hits, participants are Bunkered in their own design - facing a wide range of practical challenges in a struggle to survive when the world above is destroyed!  Can they rebuild the generators, repair the electronic sensors or get the air conditioning working in time?

Students will compete in:

  • Bunker Design
  • Modelling Impact
  • DNA Extraction
  • Building Generators & Electronic Sensors
  • Rebuilding the Bunker

The event is delivered as a competition by an experienced STEM specialist and a co-presenter - ensuring pupils are always engaged and time is effectively used with high relevancy to the curriculum.  The workshop combines STEM with citizenship - on an epic scale - in a way that will excite and inspire students and teachers on the day and beyond.

Delivered by a team of highly experienced STEM teachers and learning assistants - the event runs seamlessly from one activity to the next – ensuring pupils are always engaged and time is effectively used with high relevancy to the curriculum.   The workshop is adapted to best challenge pupils considering their age and ability.

Types of Workshop:

  • 1-Day Workshop Mixed Ability Groups.
  • 1-Day Specialist Workshop for Gifted, Able & Talented Pupils.
  • Spectacular Saturday STEM Club

Maximum number of participants: 36

Additional Benefits:

Experienced Teacher Presenters:  For any workshop to be successful, students need to be fully engaged and excited by their learning.  The pace, content, relevancy, challenge level, presentation style and classroom management all needs to be carefully delivered and go beyond the classroom experience.  This is our specialist area - and we have the time and resources to continually develop.  It is one of the reasons every hosting schools has recommended our workshops since our launch in 2001.

Assessment Aids:  A skill development map is included for every activity, listing the STEM skills explored.  Plus, group and individual performance reports can be provided at the end of the workshop, helping staff with assessment and student development.

Celebrations of Achievement:  Certificates, medals and prizes are awarded after the workshop.  They all help to promote STEM and foster enthusiasm for the subjects.

Risk-Free Reservations:   Simply request your preferred date(s) and we can send you marketing materials to promote your workshop to students and parents.  If after 21 days you do not have enough students to participate and cover costs, or you do not wish to proceed you can cancel the workshop and pay nothing.  

Expected outcomes

In addition to reinforcing core scientific concepts and exploring where the curriculum can lead, the programme is designed to develop and demonstrate:

  • Creative & Critical thinking skills in STEM
  • Communication & Enquiry Skills
  • Leadership & teamwork
  • Problem Solving
  • Interpreting Numerical Information
  • Information Processing
  • Evaluating & Judging

Please contact us for a detailed breakdown of the skills and concepts explored.

To book this activity, please contact:
Matt Hackett
01603 520866

Thinkers in Education
NR7 0ZG Norwich

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