STEM challenge - the ‘Drain Crane’

23rd October 2015

On the 15th October, over 50 Y9 students took part in a STEM challenge - the ‘Drain Crane’ - run by the Smallpeice Trust and sponsored by Southern Water.

Stephen Olajide, a Civil Engineer who has worked on major projects like Crossrail and National Grid installations in London, came to CCGS to lead the day; the objective being to promote careers in engineering to young people.

Pupils had to exercise their problem solving skills within their team, and took on roles such as project manager, finance manager and project designer. All groups were successful in building and marketing a ‘Drain Crane’ that used either pulley or hydraulic technology and the task enabled students to appreciate everyday challenges an engineer might experience whist on a complex project.

Students had to present their findings to their peers before their cranes were put to the test. They were judged on the design of their crane, how cost effective their product was, and how it worked in the 2 minute test.

This was an informative and fun day that was enjoyed by all.

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