Three Year 11 and Lower Sixth students from Burgess Hill School for Girls took on the challenge of the ‘Great Electric Egg Race’ at Brighton University on 20th March 2014. This event was run by the Institute of Engineering and Technology.
It was an exciting event where the girls were required to build a catapult from a variety of materials including an electric motor. Caroline Welford, Alicia Critchley and Vanessa Harrison approached the task with enthusiasm and they designed, developed and constructed an innovative prototype.
Their catapult was effective in the testing stages and looked like it had great promise; unfortunately, however, it failed to deliver during the exhibition phases.
Nevertheless, much was achieved during the development phase. The girls exercised their creativity and problem solving skills, learnt the value of effective communication and project management and gained valuable insight into the world of engineering. They also had great fun!
Mr Chris De Britt, Science Teacher said “the girls had a great learning experience. The future holds exciting and varied employment prospects in STEM industries over the next few decades and given the current national shortage of suitably qualified graduates, particularly women, I am delighted that Burgess Hill School for Girls continues to inspire students to pursue STEM careers.”
Report and picture contributed by Burgess Hill School for Girls.