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Calday Grange Grammar School

Calday Grange Grammar School

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    STEM Awards

    We have been shortlisted to five schools nationally for the STEM award at the Education Business Awards


    What is the STEM award?

    Awarded to the educational establishment that has excelled in the provision of a first class environment for teaching STEM subjects including Maths, Technology and Sciences. 


    Why are we shortlisted

    We have a large focus on offering STEM activities not only to our students but we engage our local primary schools in taking part too. We work alongside other teachers to help support them in the field of STEM. As well as gaining excellent exam results for our Technology subjects that we offer as much enrichment as we can. Many of our students go into careers in engineering and computing as a result

    What do we do?

    Race for the Line Rocket cars – Calday has acted as a host for the regional heats for this competition for the past two years. We worked alongside local primary schools teaching their staff and students about design elements of a racing car and then we helped the students to build/model the cars out of foam. The Army assisted us by lighting the rockets in the cars and we used computers to see how fast they go. Calday students represented the region at the finals in 2016.

    Robocup Junior – We hosted the national finals of Robocup this year. Robocup is all about creating autonomous robots that perform a task. Some are line followers, some will play soccer and some will run an automated dance sequence. We won both the primary (up to year 9) line following and the secondary soccer. That means that we have the opportunity to represent the UK in Japan in July. We last won this competition in 2014 and we visited Brazil to represent the UK, coming 26th in the world out of 55 countries attending.

     STEM Club – we have a STEM club for Year 7 and Year 8 students which is regularly attended by 60 students per week. We take part in competitions and do programming/robotics and animation. Last year we won an award for being the best STEM club in the North-West. We were nominated by STEM ambassadors for the spirit of the club and the charity work that they do.

     Code-Club – We run a code club for local primary school pupils which is staffed by Sixth Form volunteers.

     Animation – Our Computing and Art departments work together to offer animation to our students. Each year we have won awards at the National Animation Festival.

     Cyber security – Year 10 students spent the day with cyber security specialists completing challenges and we won the North-West heat last week.