Year 2 students from Horsford, Kinsale, Heather Avenue and Arden Grove Infant Schools attended our technology event on 4 July. This was an extended learning opportunity for gifted and talented pupils, based on a ‘design and make’ challenge: a chance to solve problems and compete on a local level, in order to build challenge and enterprise into their work. It also gave the teachers an opportunity to discuss experiences and thoughts on Design and Technology, in order to share innovative ways of teaching the subject.
The solar boat race was a perfect summer term project. The educational context of the challenge was environmentally friendly sources of energy. Year 8 technology students opened the event with a presentation on the importance of reducing harmful emissions into the atmosphere. The Year 2 pupils could take this message, with their boat as an example of sustainable energy, back to their classes.
The practical skills and understanding of the challenge of the 6 year-old pupils was exceptional. A wide range of boat designs were developed, and the timed race at the end of the event was very close.
The winners, with their air-propelled boat, manufactured using a clay mould and vacuum-formed plastic hull was team A from Horsford: Mia Simpson and Lewin Razzell. Horsford also took the overall school trophy, as both its teams produced the fastest overall speed. All contestants received a trophy for taking part, and were filled with enthusiasm to go back and show off their boat to their friends and teachers.
>> Read the Evening News report on the event
Thanks to our Y8 Technology Leaders and to Mr Page the D&T technician for helping to organize the day.
Mr Duncan, Director of Technology