On the 14th of March two groups of S2 pupils attended the Go4Set Engineering Development Trust Competition at Dumfries House. For 10 weeks, both groups worked tirelessly on their STEM projects, producing a professional report and model, which they presented to their assessors on the competition day. Rachel Byrne, Jenna Shelley, Rosie Milne and Kathleen Milne created a simulation of a novel system that locates books using radio-frequency identification. Ellie Cook, Emma Taylor, Poppy Nicolson, Amy Nixon, Rosie Rossi and Jake Murray developed a new recycling system for use in schools based on a method used in Singapore. The recycling group in particular wowed the judges and they managed to score the ‘Outstanding Teamwork Award’!
This is the start of the first full week of term for all pupils at Marr College. We are all settling into the newly opened building and eagerly awaiting the completion of the PE Block. Please click here to access the parent mailing that was given out to all pupils last week. This includes a welcome letter for the head teacher, information about school meals and information about the parent council.
This can also be accessed via the Letters to Parents Page.
We have a group of senior students who are hoping to win big with their rocket design. They are taking part in The Great STEM UK Youth Rocketry Challenge 2017.
Details of their progress can be found on their blog. We wish them the very best for success at Prestwick Internation Airport in March and hope their rocket flies and lands the egg safely.
S1 and S2 students have made fantastic progress with their interdisciplinary projects this term.
The theme has been all about rollercoasters and theme parks and they have been learning about the science of rollercoasters and how this affects their design – including vital safety considerations.
Key group activities in the project so far have involved:
Their knowledge and skills have been challenged considerably in the design and construction of model paper rollercoasters, with marbles acting as the car – with some fantastic outcomes thanks to teamwork which have more than exceeded the teachers’ initial expectations. @MarrPhysics tweeted “Amazing paper rollercoasters - what a fantastic construction job! Their operation is even more impressive than their appearance :-) #STEM” – this has been shared, liked and retweeted by schools across the country, the Scottish Schools Education Research Centre and Douglas Hutchison, South Ayrshire’s Director of Education.
The models have also been showcased to senior students S4-S6 who were very impressed and also jealous – “They’re great. Why didn’t we get to do this in S2?”
Next term, the students will be busy coding simulators and heart rate monitors using the Scratch programming language, and preparing a marketing campaign for their rollercoaster to win the contract to build it in a theme park.
S1 and S2 students were recently treated to a series of careers talks from a wide range of industry professionals. The speakers shared where their studies and careers have taken them so far, and gave the students an insight into the huge array of exciting opportunities that study of the STEM subjects can provide.
Talks were provided by:
Dylan McDougall, 1P1 reports on the event:
“The talks were really good and interesting and explained about lots of different jobs from STEM people. The people were friendly and it was good to hear about what they do. I especially liked the man from EDF Energy because his job sounded really interesting and he explained things well”.
One of our presenters, David Purdie said:
“I feel I should acknowledge the efforts of everyone involved and, specifically, feedback my positive impression of the way the events were organised by Stuart McNeill and his colleagues and highlight the enthusiasm and engagement of your students at the sessions I was involved in.
I felt the format devised was excellent with a good range of industries/companies participating and I hope the students were able to see that there’s a link between their practical STEM activities in the school, some of the skills they can acquire – not just scientific and technical skills, but really useful transferrable skills – and the broad range of professions that these skills could take them into eventually”.
We thank the careers speakers for giving up time in their busy lives to enthuse our students – your work with our young people is valued and greatly appreciated.
On Tuesday 6th September, S2 students were treated to a fantastic event hosted by BAE Systems in the Games Hall as part of the new STEM programme. It was an interactive live show all about light and sound waves. BAE Systems that evening tweeted “@MarrPhysics were amazing – thanks for having us!”
Iona Taylor-Allan and Joshua Duffy report:
“They showed us a laser beam through a smoke machine and we saw the full beam reflecting off the particles, scattering the light. We also used a machine that layers the “wonderful” singing voices of volunteer students and teachers to create new sound waves in a mash-up. That was pretty funny. We really enjoyed the whole thing”.
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