A wheely big challenge

JPCT 060212 Glebelands School, Cranleigh - annual science challenge. photo by Derek Martin
JPCT 060212 Glebelands School, Cranleigh - annual science challenge. photo by Derek Martin

MORE THAN 350 pupils from 13 schools took part in an event to design and build a model cart that would protect a delicate egg from a crash down a one metre high ramp.

It was all part of the fun as Glebelands School in Cranleigh hosted its annual Community Science Week for pupils in infant and primary schools to compete in a science and maths challenge.

Students worked together in teams of five to design and build their cart with the materials available, making sure they came in under budget.

The carts were then tested to see if their precious cargo would survive.

Many interesting and original designs were produced and pupils really enjoyed watching their carts face the ultimate test: - would the egg survive in one piece?

It was amazing how many different designs were created using basic materials such as cups and pipe cleaners.

The week saw pupils competing in four sessions with a bronze, silver and gold medal position in each. The teams were judged on their product design, use of science, a maths challenge and, of course, whether the egg survived.

Glebelands year 7 and 8 pupils took part in an inter-form challenge on the Friday, completing the same activity.

Eighty year 9 pupils helped over the three days, supporting the competitors with the challenge.

It was great to see them all really getting involved, encouraging their teams to be scientific and creative. The school said they were ‘an absolute credit to Glebelands School and it would not be possible to run such a successful event without them’.

As a Science and Maths Specialist College, Glebelands School is committed to promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects and this is the focus of the Community Science Week.

The overall aim is to inspire future generations of scientists and engineers by starting this sort of problem solving work at an early age.