Ultimate STEM lesson for Ultimate STEM Challenge winners
Broadcaster and documentarian Reggie Yates joined students of Bredon Hill Academy in Worcestershire recently for the Ultimate STEM Lesson.
The special one-off lesson was the students’ prize for winning this year’s Ultimate STEM Challenge competition, a national school science competition from the BP Educational Service, with the final held in March at London’s Science Museum.
The students were whisked away to an indoor skydiving centre to complete a series of flight-themed activities, as part of a mission to understand the science of flight.
Back in May, students Amelie, Hattie and Cathyrn competed against schools from around the country, eventually winning the competition for their solution to a real-life engineering design challenge. The judges praised their entry for the innovative and creative way it took inspiration from the flying Draco lizard.
Amelie, part of Bredon Hill Academy’s winning team, said:
“The day has been so much fun, from meeting Reggie to learning the science behind flying. It’s helped us to think about science and STEM in a completely new way.”
Reggie Yates said:
“It’s always great to see young people excited by science, so it’s fantastic to be able to reward the Ultimate STEM Challenge winners with an opportunity like the Ultimate STEM Lesson today. Seeing these young people using their creativity and problem-solving skills to tackle a difficult science challenge is so inspiring."
Sally Huntly, Head of Science at Bredon Hill Academy, said:
“The girls worked so hard on their competition entry and have been talking about the final ever since they won! Today was a great way to celebrate their success - they really didn’t expect any of this, so it was a great surprise. The Ultimate STEM Challenge has given them a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, not just by winning but in understanding the excitement of STEM and seeing where it can take them in the future.”
The Ultimate STEM Challenge is currently open for entries. Could your students be the next winners?