At The Henry Beaufort School we place an importance on preparing our young people for the challenges they will face in Higher Education and beyond. In order to do this, we are working on a new initiative to bring the STEM subjects together and work collaboratively to ensure that our students are able to see the links between these different subject areas.
STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Working closely with Winchester Science Centre and a global company, our vision is to expose our students to the type of challenges that they may experience in their future careers.
In order to achieve this on a whole school level, we are going to be setting the school a challenge of becoming recognised as an Eco-Friendly school. To be successful, all students are required to be fully aware of their carbon footprint, and what they can do to improve the school’s impact on the environment.
Our first step has been to create a new STEM Club. This club is currently exclusively for girls in order to tackle the immediate concern that there is a lack of women in STEM careers nationally. The Club’s first challenge will be to take on ‘The Ultimate STEM Challenge’ being organised by BP. The girls will need to find new ways for a building to be energy efficient, and then present their plan. This will be used to inform the rest of the school on the best way to move towards becoming Eco-Friendly.
Our STEM work has already begun. Students from Year 10 and 11 visited the Science Centre to take part in a Speed Networking event with STEM Ambassadors. The students said they found the event to be incredibly informative and helpful and gave them a new outlook on their future career prospects. Meanwhile a group of Year 9 students took part in an Archaeological dig as part of the Barton Farm housing development.