The K’nex Challenge is a wonderful STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) opportunity for our Year 6 children; they were inspired by apprentices and a senior engineer from GE Aviation. The class were set the task to create a playground for primary aged children. The children had to consider: why do we have playgrounds? What is the equipment called? Is it strong? Is it stable? Is it accessible for all?
After an hour of problem solving and teamwork with the K’nex equipment, they were judged by Mo and her team from GE: The team commented on how the designs were all hugely impressive, diverse and creative. (I was very proud of their work too!). The class were also praised explicitly for their positive attitude, teamwork and politeness to one another as well as the visitors. Special congratulations to Max and Fraser, who will represent our school in the final of the competition with the potential prize of a day meeting GE Engineers and exploring their interactive and play based systems as well as a flight simulator experience. Well done Elder Tree; I hope you enjoyed the day!
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