All Hallows Catholic High School Win STEM Challenge 10!Monday 9 July, 2012
The ‘A-team’ from the All Hallows Catholic High School, Lancashire, have lived up to their name to become winners of STEM Challenge 10, the last competition in a successful series ahead of London 2012. They had the most innovative and exciting plan for a local sporting event, created using their maths and science skills.
Cisco (www.ciscolondon2012.co.uk), STEMNET and the Pearson Foundation challenged students to consider the venue, location, sport, resources, facilities and equipment to plan a large scale, accessible and sustainable event in their home area.
The finalists presented a Dragon’s Den style pitch to a panel of expert judges on 6 July at Cisco House, London, overlooking the Olympic Park in Stratford. The judging was based on the core Values of the Olympic and Paralympic Movement: excellence, friendship, respect, courage, determination, inspiration and equality.
From blind football to an aquatics centre, all of the finalist schools embraced and excelled in the Challenge. Despite extremely tough competition, the All Hallows Catholic High School stood out through their excellent data analysis surrounding their swimming venue. It was inspired from a love of circles and presented with nails reflecting the Olympics colours!
STEM Challenges are a series of competitions designed to encourage young people aged 11â16 to use the skills learnt in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics lessons to think and work creatively about the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. STEMNET (The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network) works in partnership with major organisations to nationally manage each Challenge for UK Secondary Schools.
Nearly 200 UK state-maintained secondary school teams took part in this final Challenge and were put through a rigorous regional judging process, in which eight teams made it through to the final:
· All Hallows Catholic High School, Lancashire
· Angley School, Kent and Medway
· Kendrick School, Surrey and rest of Berkshire
· Perins School, Hampshire and Isle of Wight
· South Axholme School, Humberside
· The Elton High School, Greater Manchester
· The Gryphon School, Wiltshire, Swindon and Dorset
· Woodham Community Technology College, County Durham and Tees Valley
The winning team won £2500 for their school’s STEM Club and eight tickets for Olympic Hockey. Second place was awarded to Woodham Technology Community College who received £1000 for their STEM Club and eight tickets for Olympic Canoeing whilst the third place team from South Axholme Academy were awarded £500 for their STEM Club and eight tickets for Olympic Rowing. The Elton High School were also Highly Commended by the judges for an excellent use of research, sources and surveys.
STEM Challenge 10 forms part of Cisco’s ‘Out of the blocks’ project which gives schools the chance to explore the events and venues of London 2012 whilst practising maths and science skills. More information about the ‘Out of the blocks Maths and Science Series 2012’ project can be found at www.mathsandscience2012.co.uk.
Get an insiders view on the final day and all the project details here.
Kirsten Bodley, Chief Executive, STEMNET:
“The STEM Challenges have engaged young people in considering the action behind the scenes of London 2012. This final Challenge allowed students to apply and develop their science and maths skills in a local, real-life context. All of our finalists displayed really innovative approaches with enormous enthusiasm and it was fantastic to see their ideas developed through great teamwork. STEMNET hopes that initiatives like the STEM Challenges will help to inspire the next generation of Great British STEM professionals.”
Neil Crockett, Managing Director London 2012 at Cisco
“It is exhilarating to see how the children have embraced the spirit of the STEM Challenge and used the inspiration of the London Olympics to bring STEM skills into a real-world context. Ultimately all of us involved in the Olympics and Paralympics will be judged as much on the legacy of the Games as the actual success of the competitions themselves.”
Mark Nieker, Chief Executive, The Pearson Foundation [TBC by Pearson Foundation]
“The Pearson Foundation is glad to support the STEMNET Challenges and the Out of the Blocks STEM series. Together, these programs help students imagine their future and make an enduring legacy from London 2012.”
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Notes to Editors
The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network (STEMNET)
STEMNET creates opportunities to inspire young people in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). This enables young people to develop their creativity, problem-solving and employability skills, widens their choices and supports the UK’s future competitiveness. STEMNET helps encourage young people to be well informed about STEM, able to engage fully in debate, and make decisions about STEM related issues.www.stemnet.org.uk
The STEM Challenges have received the London 2012 Inspire Mark and are part of Get Set, the London 2012 education programme. The first STEM Challenge required students to consider some of the steps involved in designing a National Handball Centre for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the second was to design a glove suitable for rowing, canoeing or sailing. The third STEM Challenge invited students to explore approaches to anti-doping laboratory techniques. The fourth Challenge asked students to pitch their plans for sustainable travel from their schools to forthcoming Olympic and Paralympic Game venues. STEM Challenges 5 and 6 focused on designs for leading GB paratriathlete, Jimmy Goddard and paralympian Rachel Morris. STEM Challenge 7, in partnership with BT, asked students to design an app for mobile phones which could be used by visitors to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. STEM Challenge 8 worked in teams to research and propose Paralympic Sports facilities to be made available in their local area.
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Cisco is the official network infrastructure supporter for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Planning has been crucial to the success of Cisco's work for London 2012. With over 100 venues and locations to network, Cisco’s planning for the 2012 Games began years ago. And with venues as far afield as Hampden Park in Glasgow, the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff and Weymouth and Portland in Dorset, their planning and preparation have taken them all across the UK.
One important part of Cisco's planning for London 2012 has been taking part in technical rehearsals and test events. By trying out key technologies before the 2012 Games begin, engineers can be confident that their network infrastructure will operate as planned during those crucial world-record moments.
The Pearson Foundation
Out of the blocks and this Challenge has been proudly supported by the Pearson Foundation. The Pearson Foundation is committed to promoting education and partners with leading nonprofit, civic and business organisations to provide financial, organisational and publishing assistance across the globe. The Foundation aims to make a difference by promoting literacy, learning, and great teaching.
Out of the Blocks
Out of the blocks is a series of free Maths and Science resources that Cisco and the Pearson Foundation recently produced for London 2012. These resources were sent to Heads of Science and Maths in all UK state-maintained secondary schools in January 2012 followed by all UK independent secondary schools, Pupil Referral Units and Young Offenders Institutions. www.mathsandscience2012.co.uk
The Technology, Design and Innovation Challenge is a celebration of design and technology in schools, run annually by the Manufacturing Technologies Association.
This four million US Dollar prize fund is divided between organizations, individuals and high schools who have demonstrated four key criteria: Impact, Innovation, Leadership and Long Term Vision.
Teachers working in England are invited to apply for grants of up to £15,000 to fund year-long pilot demonstrating innovative practice in English, maths or science teaching.