Learn how to become an Olympic athlete, design the perfect beehive, produce your own biodiesel, or build a watermill for your vegetable plot. Students from four schools that received a Royal Society Partnership Grant are keen to tell you about the projects they have been running this year with scientists and engineers.
Friday 25 and Saturday 26 June: Axe Valley Biodiesel
The Axe Valley Community College
Students have been carrying out titrations of used vegetable oil and then convert it into viable fuel for the school minibus. They are marketing this fuel as a product which could be promoted to parents and local businesses in the school’s catchment area.
Sunday 27 and Monday 28 June: Biobots
The Sittingbourne Community College
Students are investigating what is involved in becoming an Olympic athlete, including the Para-Olympics. They will investigate all aspects of how the human body functions and, through working with professionals in sports training, health and artificial limb makers, will design and develop a model of a moving limb to demonstrate what they have learnt.
Tuesday 29 June to Thursday 1 July: A water mill for Water Mill
Water Mill Primary School
Working with local engineers, students have constructed a water mill which can then be used as a power source to operate bird scarers for the school’s vegetable plot and enable rainwater to be harvested for irrigation.
Friday 2 July to Sunday 4 July: Bee inventive! - building the perfect bee house
Stroud High School
Stroud High School have been making a beehive designed for bees rather than for the bee keeper. They are working with the Global Bee Project and plan to develop and test their new hives with bee colonies to find the best design.
Exhibited by Axe Valley Community College; Sittingbourne Community College; Water Mill Primary School; Stroud High School