Double Success for STEM Club girls

9th February 2011

On the 6th January, four members of the Clarendon Grammar School STEM club travelled to Reading University, as the Kent winners, to give their presentation in the STEM Travel Challenge national final. The Clarendon team came a respectable third, impressing the judges with their focus on making policy recommendations to the London 2012 organisers and transport companies. These recommendations considered how to provide customer-friendly options that promoted sustainability.

Teams presented their plans to a panel of high-profile judges including: Lizzie Armitstead, world-champion cyclist.; representatives from BP, the Challenge sponsors, the Director of Sponsorship and Marketing for London 2012; and Jon Foley, Sustainable Transport for London 2012 (ODA) and Kelly Clarke, Sustainable Transport for London 2012 for London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games.
The STEM Challenges have received the London 2012 Inspire Mark and are part of Get Set, the London 2012 education programme. Each Challenge is designed to enable young people to use the skills learnt in Science, Design & Technology and Maths lessons to create something interesting, useful and potentially spectacular.
The brief for Challenge five, was to design a wetsuit for the British paratriathlete Jimmy Goddard, who is unable to use his lower body.
On Wednesday 9th February two team of Clarendon pupils competed against a number of other schools at Canterbury, Christ Church University in the Kent final of the challenge. Both Clarendon teams acquitted themselves superbly, impressing the judges with their designs to make Jimmy more streamline and stable in the water. Other factors that they considered were insulation for the lower body and the ease of removing the suit, as the clock does not stop between any of the stages.
For the second consecutive Kent final, the winning team was from Clarendon House Grammar School.
For more information about STEMNET and the STEM challenges see www.stemchallenges.net

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