The Science, Mathematics, Computer Science and Design Technology departments have submitted the names of the 20 top performing students in their respective subjects from each year group.
From the 560 nominations, RWS STEM will begin the huge cross referencing process over the four disciplines.
We will narrow the field down to 15-20 students from each year group who have been nominated by 2 or more subjects.
These students will then become the focus of RWS STEM, with a wide range of exciting opportunities and activities on offer.........Good Luck!
Twelve Gifted and Talented Year 8/9s have been invited to participate from Ravens Wood in the Bromley Science and Technology Challenge Day, held at the University of Greenwich. Working together in mixed school teams of four, they undertake practical activities that increase their awareness of the application of science.
Each activity is designed to develop skills that will be needed in the workplace, with marks being awarded for planning, team work and the finished product.
The teams will compete in three activities: the Vehicle Challenge, the E-Fit Challenge and the Robotics Challenge.
The overall winning teams from each Challenge Day progress to a regional final which will be held at the University of Cambridge.
Students will be selected over the coming weeks and the successful students will have their names posted here.
The BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized codeable computer with motion detection, a built-in compass and bluetooth technology. We have taken delivery of enough micro:bit computers for one entire year group - that's 225!
Over the coming weeks these will start to be introduced into Computer Science and Design Technology lessons with plenty of opportunity for cross curricular projects and activities.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Join Forces at Ravens Wood
What is STEM?
STEM is a curriculum focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics taught through a combined and applied approach. Rather than thinking about each subject separately, STEM brings all four subjects together allowing students to focus on problem solving in real world situations. It teaches students how scientific method can be applied to everyday life.
In the United Kingdom, the Royal Academy of Engineering reports that Universities will have to graduate 100,000 STEM students every year until 2020 to meet demand.
Currently in the UK, for every 2 available STEM jobs, there is only one qualified professional available. STEM careers include: Marine engineering, Chemical engineering, Computer and information research scientists and Biochemists to name a few. These careers can be particularly lucrative for qualified individuals.
One of the first projects will focus on the BBC micro-bit. The BBC micro-bit is a pocket-sized codeable computer with motion detection, a built-in compass and Bluetooth technology. This will involve aspects from all four STEM subjects and is at the cutting edge of technology within schools. Students should start to see a developing presence of STEM in the physical learning spaces of the school and within their education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics lessons.
The school is incredibly excited about the upcoming opportunities which will be available to our students