STEM Success at Bourne Community College

Eight of our pupils attended a STEM event at Bourne Community College last week in which hundreds of students attended from across Hampshire. They were also joined by our Bay House Digitial Ambassadors. The four teams competed in a variety of STEM challenges and all did exceptionally well at engineering and coding a robot to play a game of football. Other challenges included building radio-controlled BattleBots, VEX Robotics challenges and Virtual Reality racing. Our pupils also got to hear from real-life professionals from the engineering sector. They shared stories of how they went from school to become experts in their STEM fields and there will be opportunities to ask questions. Our teams, comprising Y5 and Y6 pupils found themselves at ease throughout the day, using the principles of ‘thinking like an engineer’ to respond to a variety of mini challenges. This was a testament to how embedded learning in STEM is at Gomer Junior School. With their engineering habits of mind, some competitive spirit and teamwork our children were awarded a prize to acknowledge their over-all success at the event. Only two schools were awarded such a prize – Go Gomer! We were delighted to have been invited, grateful to the Royal Academy of Engineering for inviting us and to the college for hosting the event. It was lovely for the children to meet Professor Adrian Oldknow too, who supported us with the launch of gSTEM back in 2015.