The challenge requires children in years 4–6 to work in pairs and design and build a model using the construction toy building system K’NEX. The children must build a solution to a problem and adapt their designs as they learn what does and does not work, which encourages teamwork, communication, creativity and problem solving. Each model is then tested and scored to find the overall winner. The challenge is held at 100 schools across Hertfordshire and the winners from each class will be submitted to the charity to find the overall top three schools.
Rosey ran three events at Chaulden Junior School in Hemel Hempstead and Jemma ran two events at St Nicholas Primary School in Harpenden. With help from Rosey and Jemma, the children designed and built models that could successfully lift a bucket from a table using a working crane.
“The children worked together really well and asked lots of good questions,” comments Jemma. “Their discussions included solving maths problems and making things parallel to make their models more stable.”
Rosey and Jemma judged all the designs to find the winning model from each event. These were then submitted for the county-wide judging, which will take place in July.
Rosey’s winning models from Chaulden Junior School
The winning models judged by Jemma from St Nicholas Primary School
It is great to see RSK staff opening up the STEM disciplines in a fun and educational way.
Rosey and Jemma volunteered for the challenge as part of their role as STEM ambassadors, in which they help to encourage enthusiasm in the STEM subjects by visiting local schools.