Schools from across the Trust took part in a Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) event when they designed and tested marble runs. The KS3 students were given the task earlier this year after having a workshop about structural design and strength using K’nex components.
Teams from Thomas Clarkson and Corby Business Academies, plus Corby Technical School all came to Brooke Weston with models they had constructed. Brooke Weston teacher Ms Reynolds said: ‘We have been running the club on Tuesdays after school. During the first evening the STEM ambassador, Katherine Chisholm and a university student who was doing engineering gave us a talk about structural strength, then the students built models using K’nex and were given the task of designing a marble run. They could use anything they liked as long as it was not a kit. They have to get the marble to run continuously down a run and to take as long as it possibly can. There will be prizes for the time from the top to the bottom of the run and some other prizes for originality and design. There are some really pretty ones.’
Ellie May Dunnington from Brooke Weston said: ‘My marble run took me about five hours to build at it works quite well. It takes about a minute to get from the top to the bottom.’ Matthew Leer said: ‘I tried to make it look as good as possible because you get points for appearance as well so I went for an outer space theme. I made it at home and brought it in for the competition.’
Afterwards Ms Reynolds said: 'Ellie Dunnington won the competition with a time of 47.5 seconds, unfortunately Reeces' Pieces from CBA only managed to get a complete run after their third and final attempt. They managed 47.7 seconds but it didn't count unfortunately. Matthew Leer of Year 8 was a clear winner for the originality of design category with his space themed marble run.
Well done to everyone who took part.