We are pleased to announce the commencement of an exciting after school club following our second successful year of funding from Rolls Royce. Girl Power is our STEM club for all girls in Year 4. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. The government's plan for education has included a focus on encouraging more young people, especially girls, into studying STEM subjects to a higher level. The number of women in STEM careers is far fewer than men. Here at Matchborough First School Academy, we believe this is an imbalance that needs to be redressed.
We have been very fortunate to receive funding from Rolls Royce plc to help us run our STEM project for the rest of the year. With the funding, we are able to offer our girls club varied opportunities in all areas of STEM learning, to engage, excite and retain their interest in STEM in the hope that many go onto careers in science, engineering and technology.
The club started with an exciting trip to the MAD Museum in Stratford-upon Avon. They are now busy designing and building their own timber moving machines.
Keep checking this page to see what the girls do next!
Girl Power Club Logo 2018
Thank you to all the girls who designed logos for Girl Power Club. Here is the winning logo (as voted for by the girls). This will be made into badges for all the club members.
Our finished automata kits!
The girls have worked hard to assemble their automata kits, choosing the correct parts to make their models move up and down or twirl around. Here are some videos of the kits in action!
This week in Girl Power Club we made and tested gliders. We learnt about air resistance and gravity and investigated which gliders flew the furthest. We discovered that Isabelle's longer glider kept winning the furthest distance competition so made a second prototype to improve on our previous flights.
Here are some pictures and videos of our making and flying fun!
If you would like to make some to try with your family at home then just click on the link below.
Messy Science!! (28.06.18)
Today we had a very messy Girl Power session. We have been experimenting with different chemical reactions. We combined ingredients to make a volcanic eruption and got very sticky making slime! Have a look at the photos below.