Schools Activities -2012

ACTIVITY REPORT

Dorset ASSET and IMechE - Dorchester Schools Liaison Officer
S
epternber 2011 to August 2012

Introduction

The following work is jointly funded by Dorset ASSET, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (Dorchester) and the Schools, Parents and Pupils themselves.

Budmouth College

The Design Club took a break at the end of 2011 and restarted in February 2012 after half-term.  We participated in a Quinetiq competition to investigate boat design parameters, to a set specification and motor. We produced experimental model hull designs aitd then built a remote controlled model boat to our final design. This was taken to a national race at Haslar hydrodynamics facility on 18 May 2012.  This was a great experience for our all girls team, to mix and compete with schools from far and wide.  The Tech Club resumed in the summer term, designing and building their own projects, including a rocking seat with a porpoise theme.  We built a Greenpower Car in 2010/11 and are still working on a second lightweightversion for the 2013 race season.

Textiles, Food Technology and Design Projects for GCSEs, A levels and the Valter Prize were assessed from Easter to June 2012.  Verity Finney-Green shared the Fashion prize with a pupil from Thomas Hardy School, presenting a truly amazing dress based on cathedral architecture and the theatre; it is valued at £5-6000.  Hannah Hart won Highly Commended for a beautifully designed and made Jewellery and Make-up casket.

All Saints School

There has been no response to phone calls to the Greenpower
teacher, however, textiles remnants were obtained.

Broadmayne First School and Frome Valley CE VA First School

Broadmayne First School and Frome Valley CE VA First School took a 70 seat coach to "Explore @ Bnstol" (see below) on 28th May 2012.  We left at 08.00, arrived at 10.30, stay until 15.00 and arrived back at 17.30.  We took 58 Year 4's plus 10 adults.

We also took the Year 4s from Broadmayne First School to the "Durlston Country Park" (see below) for a Science Field Day on 26th March 2012.We arrived at 10.30 and arrived at 14.00.  We took 32 Year 4's and 7 adults.


Piddle Valley CE First School, Puddletown CE first School and Cheselboume Village School

Piddle Valley CE First School, Puddletown CE first School and Cheselboume
Village School took a 50 seat coach to "Expfore @ Bristol" (see below) on 15th March 2012.  We left at 08.00 and got back at 17.00.  We took 60 Year 4's plus 10 adults.

We also took the Year 4's from Piddle Valley CC First School, Puddletown CE First School to the "Durlston Country Park" (see below) for a Science Field Day on 10th May 2012.  We arrived at 10.30 and leave at 14.00.  We took 56 Year 4's and 8 adults.

COSTS

The cost of an "Exp!ore @ Bristbl" trip is about £500 to £550 for a 70 seater coach, plus about £325 for entry fees; say £850.

The cost of a "Durlston County Park" trip is about £220 to £230 for a coach plus around £100 for Ranger guides, say £330.

So the cost for a both trips is about £850 + £330 = approximately £1180.

Dorset Asset provided £375 towards this in 2012, IMechE Dorchester £200 and the staff, pupils and the schools £605.

TRIP DESCRIPTIONS

Durlston Country Park

Durlston Country Park provides a really excellent day that I strongly recommend.  The staff are really good at explaining how scientists work from the evidence around, to work out how the birds, fishes, animals and vegetation evolved and adapted in this area.  We then go outside into the local habitats to find examples and the rangers explain why they were there, based on food-chains and adaptations to the environment.

Then they present the local bird population and show us models.  We can also see right into one of the nesting colonies over the cliffs, via a video camera set-up.  We go out onto the cliff tops and look down to see the species wheeling below us,

This year we visited the new Durlston Castle 'Visitor Experience' with it's panoramic flyover of the Jurassic Coast and cliffs, and 'The Rock' experiential room.

Explore @ Bristol

"Explore @ Bristol" provides young people with a wonderful day of totally hands on experience of many aspects of science and engineering.  They are always enthused and inspired as you can see from the 'Thank You Letters' provided for the funders (see examples attached below), many students persuade their parents to take them back!  There is a huge arnouilt of learning when guided by Dorset Asset, IMechE and Staff.
The planetarium is inspirational and the
20 minute demonstrations are explosive!

Steve Stubbing
Schools Liaison Officer - Dorchester Area
2nd September 2012

 



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