STEM AT PRINCE HENRY’S
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. At PHHS we interpret this by running clubs that blend learning with teaching students how to integrate scientific method into their everyday lives. By bringing a real world context to STEM subjects we hope to inspire and enthuse students to increase their enjoyment and encourage continued studying of STEM subjects at University and beyond.
Why is this so important?
STEM subjects are integral to the UK’s success: the UK is the world’s sixth largest manufacturer and whilst the UK makes up only 1% of the world’s population, we produce 10% of the world’s top scientific research. Despite STEM graduates having the potential to earn amongst the highest salaries of all new recruits, employers are finding it difficult to recruit STEM skilled staff. Regardless of future career pathway, it is crucial that all young people have the STEM knowledge and skills they need to be an informed citizen in an increasingly scientific and technological society.
STEM Activities at Prince Henry’s:
- Aston Martin presentation at the Malvern Festival of Innovation
- Science Live A level Biology, Chemistry and Physics
- Competing in VEX Global robotics competition
- Jaguar Landrover
- STEM Careers Day in association with Newcastle University
- National Cyber Maths Challenge
- Big Maths Quiz
- Maths Bridge Building competition
- QinetiQ STEM day
- Retro Computing Museum
- Chemistry and Physics Olympiad
- STEM Pyramid day; Science Magician and Planetarium
- University of Birmingham STEM open day
- Visit to Bletchley Park; both Maths and ICT
Competitions and courses supported at Prince Henry’s:
- Headstart and Inspire Engineering
- Nuffield Placement
- Smallpeice Trust
- Arkwright scholarship
VEX Robotics (Year 10 – Year 13)
Global competition to design, build and programme a robot to compete against other schools in a tactical game that changes annually.
1-2 teams per year group make their own robot and enter Regional heats and, if they are successful, the National Final at the Big Bang Fair.
PHHS have been very successful since our first entry into this competition in 2012 reaching the National Final each year.
The Year 12 team in 2015 were one of four successful teams to be successful at the National Final to go through to the Global Final in the United States.
VEX Introduction club (Year 9)
Open to Year 9 pupils to start teaching them the basic programming skills that they will utilise when moving into the main VEX club.
Open to all students from Year 9 to Year 13.