STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
As part of the Seaham High School Ambassador programme we have a Senior STEM ambassador assisted by other STEM focussed ambassadors. These students will be organising a variety of STEM based competitions and activities. Previous competitions have included trying to stop a Valentine’s Day biscuit from breaking when dropped from the balcony by building something from paper and creating a cardboard car powered by a spring.
Within the Mathematics faculty we intend to promote STEM activities and are particularly keen to engage girls. We have visited the STEM jobs for girls’ conference and are looking for more local events ran particularly to encourage girls to participate more in STEM activities, to hopefully inspire them to pursue careers linked to STEM. Nationally we have a huge shortage of skilled people in these areas and women are a growing but under-represented proportion of this workforce.
We participate in competitions such as the STEM Challenge Day Event and UKMT maths challenges and team challenges. We will be attending university run events including Christmas maths lectures.
Students can participate in the F1 in schools program in partnership with Nissan (including a one week industrial cadet course). This is a prestigious International competition and National winners compete in World finals at an F1 Grand Prix event.
The Bletchley Park Outreach program visited our school and Year 9 students participated in code-breaking lessons and had the opportunity to use an actual WWII German Enigma machine. We hope to continue this in the future.
Students can also participate in the National Cipher challenge another National and International competition with prizes awarded for breaking a series of increasingly more difficult encoded messages that relate to a different themed story each year.
Further activities will be organised each year and will be publicised in school.