Eagle House School (Sutton) Science Challenge Success

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Science is a popular subject at Eagle House School due to science teacher, Ruth, bringing it alive and keeping a tough subject fascinating. She also keeps pupils on their toes, so last month, two teams of 6 pupils from year 10 and 11 were entered for this years Sutton Education Business Partnership Science & Engineering Challenge. It was a whole day event and this year’s theme was Out of This World with around sixty pupils from eight different local schools.

For our pupils, an entire day away from school, being out of school routine and a hall full of loudly chattering youngsters with unfamiliar adults shouting instructions can be challenging enough, but our teams enthusiastically participated in the three challenges aimed at developing their knowledge of science, engineering, design technology and team work.  The challenges were to electronically programme a Mars buggy to follow a specific set of directions, to build a Stomp rocket that flew the furthest and could be accurately flown at a target and to build a Mars shelter out of newspaper sticks that would house the whole team.  No mean feat! Excitingly, the challenges were judged by a panel of experts including engineers from Subsea 7 engineering company.

So how did our teams get on? Amazingly! One team won the Mars Shelter challenge with one of the best shelters the judges had seen and one of the stomp rockets was commended for its unique design.

IMG_3185[1]Ruth commented that “The science challenge was once again a great success for our year 10 and 11 pupils.  They thoroughly enjoyed the whole day and were an absolute credit to the school – I was so proud of them.” She added “One team won a trophy for the best shelter including a comment from the chief engineer running the day who thought it was “exceptional” and he would be using it as a great example in future science events. We will be awarded the engraved trophy in the next few weeks.”

Ruth wanted to thank all members of staff who went with them as they were incredibly enthusiastic and helpful. Well done to our Teams!