This morning Reception and Nursery became lighting engineers, investigating light and colours and shadows and making shadow puppets. Why not try our NUSTEM at home shadow tubes activity? This uses only a toilet roll tube, a torch (or phone) and some clingfilm.
We had a fantastic session with the Owls class this morning, designing, building and testing boats. You can try our Naval Architects STEM at home activity, using only a piece of tin foil and some coins.
This afternoon, families joined the NUSTEM team for a drop in structural engineering activity. We challenged you to design and build the strongest bridge possible, and to test this by hanging 100g weights from the centre of the bridge to see how much weight it would hold before it collapsed.
How did you do?
For more building activities to try at home using inexpensive, household resources, click here.
What is a structural engineer?
Structural engineers are focused on all aspects concerned with buildings and built structures, such as houses, hospitals, office blocks, bridges, oil rigs, ships and aircraft. They work to understand, predict and measure aspects such as the strength, stability and how rigid buildings are. They also work to develop new designs or modify the designs of buildings or structures which are to be constructed and are responsible for choosing the appropriate materials, such as concrete, steel, timber and masonry, to meet design specification.
Attributes: observant, committed, tenacious
There are many different kinds of engineers. We have lots more career information and activities related to different types of engineers for you to try at home. Click here to find out more about wind energy engineers, click here to learn about sound engineers, and click here to discover more about mechanical engineers.
Today Panda Class became botanists and investigated Venus Fly Traps. To find out more about botany, click here.
Today Year 5 and 6 found out how environmental modellers collect and use data to predict the future. To find out more about environmental modellers, how to help the environment and for modelling activities you can try at home, click here.
After that, Year 5 and 6 became environmental planners and used maps to discover how finding out about the past can help us to predict the future. To find out more about environmental planners, click here. Year 5 and 6 also looked at maps to see how Killingworth has changed over the last two centuries. To have a look at similar historical maps, follow this link:
This afternoon Year 3 and 4 became palaeontologists, exploring fossils and using pollen samples to investigate how the earth’s climate has changed over millions of years . For more information and activities to try at home, click here.
This morning Year 1 and 2 became naval architects and discovered how to float a goat on a boat! To find out more about what they did and for some extra activities you can try at home, click here.