Friday, April 20th, 2018.

Laidlaw Schools Trust STEM Challenge

Young engineers from Laidlaw Schools Trust academies are tackling the challenge of getting clean water into people’s homes in a STEM project.

The deep-thinking pupils from Rainbird, Westgate Hill and Atkinson Road Primary Academies are applying themselves to the task of transporting drinking water to domestic properties.

It’s the latest challenge set by charity Success4All working with Excelsior Academy’s Joe Temple, subject development leader of engineering and construction.

Their aim is to fire youngsters’ imaginations with the world of career opportunities STEM subjects open up for students.

Boys and girls will look at water transportation, filtration and dams before learning from the experts at Northumbrian Water, with a visit to one of their facilities to see how it supplies hundreds of thousands of customers everyday with the best drinking water.

The schools STEM challenge continues to go from strength to strength following last year’s project which saw pupils work with engineering giant Reece Group to design their own weight-carrying model aircraft.

Joe said: “The challenge is all about capturing the imaginations of pupils at a young age, to show them how exciting STEM subjects are and the fulfilling careers out there.

“The hands-on nature of the project, getting pupils to construct their own water transportation system with tubes and cups, is a great starting point to get them thinking about the challenge of getting pure water into the taps they drink from at home everyday.”

Success4All (S4A) is leading the project. The charity equips and empowers young people for a successful future in partnership with organisations including schools.

One of its aims is to set up more S4A Learning Hubs in areas of low academic achievement, using educational activities to engage young people’s intellect.

Kirsty Hayward, Success4All STEM project co-ordinator, said: “Children will learn about the water cycle and the project is taking it one step further into how it is applied in the real world.

“They have learned at school about the water cycle, recycling water and that there is only a limited amount of drinkable water in the world.

“Over a six-week period, they will investigate around the challenges of transporting water, cleaning it and making it safe to drink, before we go on a visit to Northumbrian Water and one of their sites.

“We will see how this challenge of getting clean water into people’s homes is done by the experts at Northumbrian Water.”