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Big Bang at Park Community School, Havant

 July 03 2024 | SE England | Views: 62

Park Community School, a coeducational secondary school in Havant, Hampshire, enthusiastically delivered STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) education to primary pupils as part of Engineering UK's Big Bang at Schools programme.

During the first week of July, Park Community School's female STEM Ambassadors delivered four exciting days of science activities to students from its feeder primary schools. Approximately 200 pupils participated, finding great inspiration from the Ambassadors. They learned to safely use a Bunsen burner, drafted safety rules, earned a Bunsen license, and explored the pH scale by combining acids and alkalis to achieve neutral solutions.

Typically, these young pupils visit the school during Freshers Week, receiving limited science exposure due to time and equipment constraints. However, thanks to an EngineeringUK bursary this year, Park Community School was able to purchase additional Bunsen burners, allowing for extensive hands-on experience in the science labs.

Mrs Gregory, a secondary science teacher at Park Community School, explained: “The school’s STEM Ambassadors are a group of girls invited to join based on their interest in STEM lessons and nominations from their teachers. The club offers termly trips, guest speakers, and weekly meetings, providing a safe space for the girls to engage in practical work in both science and design technology. Their enthusiasm, confidence, and enjoyment of STEM subjects have grown significantly. The uptake of triple science among girls has increased from 7% three years ago to 27% this past year.” She continued: “Our STEM Ambassadors club is entering its third year and continues to thrive, largely due to funding opportunities like the Big Bang at Schools programme, which enable us to offer experiences that would otherwise be unavailable.”

The STEM Hub was delighted to support this rewarding programme targeting young people aged 11-14 years.

Images: @ParkCommunitySchool


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