On 15th March, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Ambassadors from RAF Brize Norton visited students at Carterton Community College to promote science during National Science Week. The class were put into teams, given materials and then instructed on how to build and launch their own rockets.
STEM is a national programme for young people, which positively encourages Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths through education and projects. The ambassadors from RAF Brize Norton were led by STEM Co-ordinator Sergeant Carlos Maline who arranges activities at local schools and clubs as well as inviting students to the Station.
After a demonstration, the enthusiastic Year 7 children were ready to design their team rockets, taking into consideration materials, costing and aerodynamics. At the end of the lesson the class were taken outside to launch all the rockets and, to their delight, all successfully took off, achieving impressive heights.
Mrs Morrison, a teacher from Carterton Community College, said, “STEM visits are really important as we allow students to see where science, technology, engineering and maths fits into real life situations. Today they were able to have the excitement of building rockets and seeing they were able to be scientists and engineers even though they are only 11 years old. The project was very successful and it was great seeing the smiles on the students’ faces.”
One of the students who took part said,
“I learnt that if you work well with your team mates then the rocket will blast better, my teams rocket went really high.”