A team of Year 10 students achieved one of the top five highest scores in the country during a recent science challenge. During the ‘Mission to Mars’ students took on challenges including chemical testing and constructing an exploratory vehicle, wind turbine and landing craft. They scored points for each task and 'Team Japan' was declared victorious, scoring one of the highest scores in the country.
Awards were given to the team comprising Lucy Fell, Saffron Steele, William Snaith, Henry Griffiths, Tino Lenton and Jonathan Navarro-Marin. William, who was team leader, said: ‘It was good fun. The hardest thing was doing the quiz on the keypads as you had to go fast and get it right.’
Sam Ford also won an individual award for his results in the quick-fire quiz rounds. During the session Anna Wilkinson said: ‘It is challenging and quite different from anything we do in class.’
Teacher Mr Swallow said: ‘The students did some micro-chemistry, substance analysis and technical construction. It is very collaborative, very competitive and there is something for everybody to get involved in.’
Facilitator Matt Hackett said: ‘As individuals they can see how well their ideas compare to everyone that they work with. They can see which area they are particularly strong in, and maybe uncover skills that they didn’t even know they had. The strength of the students this year was their creativity skills; they really managed to identify the problems and find a creative way to solve those and also manage a budget.
'As a school you always manage to select students that seem to really engage with the project and with each other. Their communication skills shine out compared to a lot of schools that we work with including grammar, independent and state schools. The communication between teams here is in the top ten or five per cent. They have a level of maturity that shines through.’