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This is why we have 'STEM School of the Year' under our belts!

What a term it has been in the Visual Arts and Technology faculty; we started off slowly but have finished it off like a train. The student voice shows that over 75% of the students enjoy STEM, we would like to congratulate all students for working extremely hard in STEM and Art this term, it was a very rewarding experience to write so many progress certificates.

In October, 20 Year 9 students went to TeenTech which was held at the Bristol Pavilion. The aim was to inspire tomorrow’s innovators. The students were given the chance to experience many different zones. These zones included the Innovation Zone, the Insights Exhibition and the Challenge Zone. The students from Fairfield were commended for their innovation and creativity and won a host of awards; one of the prizes gave us the chance to host the Dyson Foundation for a workshop. We are also hoping to enter a team of students into the National TeenTech awards.

In conjunction with the Science faculty in November, we hosted a STEM assembly for all Year 7 and Year 8 students this was hosted by BAE Systems and the RAF. The aim of the afternoon was to show students that Science and Engineering is fun. There were many demonstrations which showed the different ways concepts from these subjects can be applied. The students all thoroughly enjoyed themselves and actively took part, the highlight being two students playing a song on the organ which made lightening!

We have 6 Year 9 students taking part in the Go4Set project where the students need to solve a real life environmental issue through technology, the students have been assigned an industrial partner RS Components to help them through this process. The faculty welcomed Year 3 students from St Werburgh’s School for a workshop on link and levers. The students thoroughly enjoyed themselves making moveable skeletons.

In conjunction with the Maths and Science faculties we are very proud of the number of STEM activities that we are able to offer the students; by the end of Year 9 each student has access to at least 4 different workshops and this is growing year on year.

In addition to the opportunities the students have already had the faculty is playing an active part in the Shaun the Sheep competition, we have ‘Tomorrow Engineers’ workshop coming in early in the new year, potential visits to the Bloodhound project and Bristol Zoo, a flourishing Let’s Get Cooking club run by the fantastic Miss Pinkney and many other activities planned throughout the year.

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