Bright Sparks at St. Mary’s Win Local Schools STEM Challenge

St. Mary’s Prep School played host to the 2024 STEM Challenge which saw participation from six local schools, with teams of enthusiastic Year 4 children showcasing their skills and knowledge.

The schools taking part were Nettlebed Community School, Sacred Heart School, Peppard C of E Primary School, Badgemore School, Trinity, and St. Mary’s. Each team was tasked with a series of challenges designed to engage and test their understanding of STEM concepts.

One of the highlights of the challenge was the maths segment, which featured a range of progressively difficult questions aimed at assessing the children’s mathematical prowess. Other tasks included creating perfect polygons, and a science challenge to craft a working ferris wheel.

In a fitting end to the event, the team from host school, St. Mary’s, achieved the overall top score.

Caroline Dowling, Head of Maths at St. Mary’s, said, “It was wonderful to see the teams working together to solve the challenges that they were set. Our Year 5 and 6 Science & Maths champions had helped to create the Science activity for the competition – building a fairground ride using a battery, switch and other materials. We are always looking for ways in which to stretch our most able and talented children, and it was great to welcome so many children from our local schools to do the same.  I was very impressed with the level of work from all the children that took part, and I am delighted that team St. Mary’s won!”

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