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!
Read what we think about Girl Power club - June 2017
Scarlett: It makes Science more fun. I really enjoy it now.
Eden: I really enjoyed making the slime because I got very messy. I like messy things.
Zoe: I liked making the Oobleck slime and I made it at home too!
Lily-Ann: The maths is really fun especially when we made the gliders.
Kiera: I liked making the Automata kit because I could make the egg move when I turned the handle.
Katie G: Ever since my first day at Girl Power, I was really nervous but I love coming every time now. I wish it was every day!
Issabella: I liked the MAD museum. I thought the clapping machine and the drawing mechanism was the best.
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!
Making a glider 6.4.17
We followed instructions to make our own flying gliders and then had flying competitions in the Hall to test them.
Follow this link to make your own glider and then see how far you can make it fly!
Code Breaking (30.3.17)
This week in Girl Power Club we looked at code breaking. We learnt about the women that worked at Bletchley Park in WW2, trying to break the German codes. We then had a go for ourselves. The first code was picture based and all of the girls managed to decipher the secret message. The second code is yet to be broken! Why not have a go at home? Who can crack the code and read the secret message first? (See the link below for the Code Breaker Challenge)
The girls have also taken home a Secret Code activity sheet. Can they think of a code that no-one else can crack? Create your own code and become super-spies!
Tessellations (23.3.17 & 30.3.17)
Over the last two weeks the girls have been drawing pictures using tessellations. We looked at the work of M.C.Escher (a graphic artist who created many tessellating pictures). We then followed a simple video clip (see the link below) to make our own template to use to make tessellating pictures. Here are some photos of our work.....
Over the last two weeks, the girls have been getting very sticky and messy experimenting with slime. They were given a selection of slime recipes and asked to investigate which recipe would be the best slime to recommend to Miss White to use in Reception. The girls needed to think about what ingredients were needed, assess the ease of making the recipe and evaluate the best slime outcome. Recipe Number 1 was immediately ruled out as the main ingredient was Borax, a chemical that is not available in the UK due to its possible harmfulness.
There were two clear winners, Slime Recipe Number 3 and the recipe from Whizz Pop Bang science magazine. These recipes can be found below. Why not have a go at home!