Treorchy Comprehensive School


 

On Wednesday 23rd November a number of Year 10 pupils from the Science and Engineering departments spent a day doing various teamwork and problem solving tasks at Margam Country Park.

It was organised by the Engineering Education Scheme Wales and supported by various aspects of the British Army. EESW is a non-profit, educational charity which has been in existence since 1989. They run schemes across Wales to inspire and motivate young people to choose a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

 

The event started off with some team building exercises which apart from getting everybody muddy, also got everybody communicating and working together.

Once the ice had been broken, a number of challenges were set including building an unsupported bridge structure using just 3 planks and 3 boxes (not so easy; each plank was only allowed to touch one box), retrieving equipement across a river using only ropes and finally, building a well engineered crane with a huge mecanno set.

 

The event was a huge success because not only did it bring the pupils closer together to solve problems but it also inspired them to consider a future in STEM subjects due to it breaking down so many of stereotypes associated with these careers.