Toot Hill School wins the BP Ultimate STEM Challenge
Yesterday, three students from Toot Hill School in Nottinghamshire won the Ultimate STEM Challenge competition at the Science Museum in London.
The Ultimate STEM challenge aims to get young people excited about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects, helping to encourage students to continue studying and perusing STEM careers.
Secondary schools from around the country entered this year’s challenge, which was based around the theme of using STEM to improve energy efficiency. Teams of 11-14 year olds were tasked with creating a short film or presentation showcasing their project about one of three challenges: Better Buildings, Streamlined Ships or Trim Turbines.
Toot Hill School's team focused on developing an energy efficient design for wind turbines. The team’s project investigated whether a rougher or smoother surface would affect the efficiency of turbines.
Director of learning at the Science Museum, Tom O’Leary, said:
“I’m impressed by the high calibre of the projects entered in this year’s BP Ultimate STEM Challenge. The ideas presented by the finalists show that they’re applying their scientific thinking beyond the classroom to real-life scenarios in a creative and innovative way.”