On Tuesday 19th June AGGS were part of a group of schools that send a kinder egg container 34,372 meters (34 kilometres) into the upper layers of the atmosphere.
Our egg contained yeast on which we will be carrying out food science investigations when it is returned to school.
We were able to track the giant helium balloon that carried all of the schools tests as it ascended then descended (and was tracked down due to it’s GPS tracker).
Tomorrows Engineers worked with our STEM club cohort to think about energy and energy uses.
They then built and tested electric buggys using a rechargeable capacitor.
The buggys were then set a challenge to use data they had collected to determine the voltage needed to travel a set given distance.
Year 7 and 8 really enjoyed the activity, and learnt a lot about what engineering is, and the range of careers that require different types of engineers.
Mr Roberts had set up light gates and data loggers for us to measure speed today, but who’s rocket was fastest?
I think we had a clear winner!
Who’s will go the furthest? Who may have to adapt their design? How will we control the variables of the launch?
Can I build a structure out of brittle materials that is able to take a given mass? Our STEM club had a go!
Can you make a rocket? What factors do you need to think about to make a distance rocket?
Students worked with our year 11 and 12 STEM ambassadors to design
Welcome to our new STEM club blog. This year we have had an enormous uptake for STEM across year 7 and 8, and are running the Bronze Crest award in which students will choose one of the investigations we are covering and continue to develop it in the final summer term.
Group A started to investigate rockets and group C are looking at structures and engineering.