It is wonderful to welcome back our students in Year 8 and 9 today, they have certainly returned with renewed energy and enthusiasm!
Today, is all about Crew. Students have been spending their time today reflecting on the past few months, learning how to keep themselves safe whilst in school and most importantly reconnecting as a Crew.
I have had the pleasure of spending time in each of the Crew’s and it is great to see the students engaged, working collaboratively and happy!
X24 students are continuing their expedition work in STEAM by looking at speed. They were given some marbles and some track and were challenged to work out the speed of the marbles. Students quickly designed their own experiments and decided how they were going to get to the answer. This work builds their knowledge for their work this week designing experiments focussing on investigating ” a factor that affects the speed of an object “.
So far students have planned to measure the speed of Nerf bullets, RC cars, falling objects and toy cars on tracks. We’re excited to read their reports when they’re finished next week!
X24 Started their new STEAM expedition on Friday with their first immersion challenge: Building and testing air powered rockets. We had a fun session with paper, card and tape before going outside to fire the rockets using our custom made compressed air launcher. The expedition title and Guiding Question will be revealed early next week!
X24 students will be out on fieldwork for two days next week.
On Tuesday 2nd April we will be travelling to Sheffield as part of the immersion for our new STEAM expedition. The fieldwork will take place during the day so students should arrive at school at the normal time. Lunch will be provided.
On Wednesday 3rd April we will be on Humanities fieldwork but will need to leave school at 8am and will arrive back at 4.15pm Students will need to bring a packed lunch and should have coats and sensible shoes for walking outside as there will be a 10 minute walk from the coach stop to our destination.
We’ve been really lucky this week to have the MANufacturing TRAnsport visiting from the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in Sheffield. On Monday and Tuesday this week, students from XP and XP East have been able to experience something of the future of manufacturing and engineering on this fantastic lorry! We’ve handled objects, used AR to investigate an engine and tried out virtual MIG welding. Congratulations to Kelsea who was the champion welder with an impressive 91% score for the quality of her weld!
We’re looking forward to working again with the team from the AMRC and would like to appreciate them for their hard work in setting everything up and working with our students.
Today in STEAM sessions, X24 created a timeline of life on Earth. With every step taking us back 10 million years – our students planted flags to show when major species evolved. We did this to try to understand the absolutely huge length of time that our planet has been around, and how long it took for life to evolve.
After walking the entire length of the XP site we had gone back just over 3 billion years. Another 150 metres would have taken us right back to the formation of the planet – 4.54 billion years ago.
At this scale, the whole of human civilisation would fit into half a centimetre!