What Is STEM
STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
STEM subjects are integral to the success of the UK and indeed our country has an outstanding track record in these areas; one example being that despite having only 1% of the world’s population we produce 10% of the top scientific research. In recent years, however, despite the fact that graduates in STEM subjects can earn among the highest salaries of all new recruits, employers are finding it immensely difficult to employ skilled STEM staff in sufficient numbers.
The UK Government has long identified STEM provision at school and Higher Education level as a priority. At The Priory School we are very keen to provide the best STEM provision that we can for our students, in and out of lessons.
We aim to do this by constantly improving the quality of STEM subject lessons and promoting student involvement in STEM-related activities outside of the aclassroom. Careers in STEM subjects have the potential to be among the most interesting and fulfilling; we aim to give our students as many opportunities as possible to develop their interests in these areas.
News & Events
Priory students to team up with global high-tech company Leonardo
Leonardo is one of the key players in the Aerospace, Defence and Security industry and 6 of our Year 9 students will get the unique opportunity to visit and team up with some of their experts as part of the Go4SET project. Students will work in a group to develop their team working, creative and innovative skills whilst preparing to write a report, deliver a presentation and exhibit their work on the brief “Our Electronics Environment” Students will also achieve Industrial Cadet Bronze accreditation on completion of this exciting 10 week project.
Royal Navy aspirations and careers talk
Students from Years 7 to 13 attended a fascinating talk by the Royal Navy on Wednesday September 27th. This raising aspirations event allowed students to learn about STEM careers in the Royal Navy ranging from Medical Assistant and Mine clearance divers to Chef’s and Aircraft Controllers. Students had lots of questions about these careers and had the opportunity to discuss these with our guests from the Navy.
Thursday 28th September saw a large turnout of families at the Priory Schools Apprenticeship showcase. STEM companies in attendance included; Airbus DS, Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK), Leonardo defence, MBDA, NHS, Pinehill hospital and Crane building services. Students were able to meet representatives from a range of companies to discuss the exciting career opportunities in the STEM industry and the various routes onto these career paths. We look forward to hearing about the future successes of our students with these world leaders in science and engineering.
UKMT TEAM CHALLENGE
Molly, Tian, Briony and Oliver represented TPS as they tested their skills against many state and private schools from across the East of England, and one from
Brussels! The competition was fast-paced and needed their quick team-thinking and great analytical minds to solve cross-number puzzles, a series of shuttles in which the answer from one question feeds into the next and a relay race combining physical and mental agility. We didn’t come away with winning certificates however, but had a fabulous day!
Thank you team, we are very proud of you.
Daisy Doyle and Megan Reed Win the Principia Prize at Big Bang 2017.
Daisy Doyle and Megan Reed accept the ‘Principia Prize’ at the National Big Bang Science and Engineering Competition in Birmingham. What a fantastic achievement for the girls! The girls competed against students from all over the United Kingdom and won with their project “A Raspberry Pi App for Tim Peake”.
BIOLOGY IN ACTION
On Tuesday 14th March 2017 a group of 25 Year 12 and 13 Biology students attended University College London (UCL) for a ‘Biology in Action’ Conference day. A full day of most interesting lectures including a lecture on the ‘Secrets of the Oceans’, ‘Epigenetics’, ‘The workings of the human brain’, ‘A practical guide to being a primate’ and an attempt to answering the question ‘Is man just another animal?’. The day also included a session on Exam Techniques and Revision strategies. As one student put it: ‘The day was a mind blowing insight into the complex world of Modern Biology’.
Congratulations to year 12 maths students, Jacob Harper, Odysseas Kalatzis and Meg Stephenson who came 40th out of over 500 teams nationwide in a maths puzzle competition run by the University of Manchester. As a team they had to solve 8 complicated puzzles like puzzle 4 given below. Only 1 in 10 of the teams who entered managed to solve all 8. Meg and Odysseas will be attending a two day puzzle event at the University in July.
We also have a number of weekly STEM-related clubs.
- Board Games Club – Mr Garcia in A18
- Origami Club – Miss Jones in A19
- Maths Challenge Club – Miss Akthare in A2
- Microbit Club
- Year 9 Computer Science club
- KS3 Science Club
- Robot Rumble Club