X24 Started their new STEAM expedition on Friday with their first immersion challenge: Building and testing air powered rockets. We had a fun session with paper, card and tape before going outside to fire the rockets using our custom made compressed air launcher. The expedition title and Guiding Question will be revealed early next week!
X24 students will be out on fieldwork for two days next week.
On Tuesday 2nd April we will be travelling to Sheffield as part of the immersion for our new STEAM expedition. The fieldwork will take place during the day so students should arrive at school at the normal time. Lunch will be provided.
On Wednesday 3rd April we will be on Humanities fieldwork but will need to leave school at 8am and will arrive back at 4.15pm Students will need to bring a packed lunch and should have coats and sensible shoes for walking outside as there will be a 10 minute walk from the coach stop to our destination.
We’ve been really lucky this week to have the MANufacturing TRAnsport visiting from the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in Sheffield. On Monday and Tuesday this week, students from XP and XP East have been able to experience something of the future of manufacturing and engineering on this fantastic lorry! We’ve handled objects, used AR to investigate an engine and tried out virtual MIG welding. Congratulations to Kelsea who was the champion welder with an impressive 91% score for the quality of her weld!
We’re looking forward to working again with the team from the AMRC and would like to appreciate them for their hard work in setting everything up and working with our students.
Today in STEAM sessions, X24 created a timeline of life on Earth. With every step taking us back 10 million years – our students planted flags to show when major species evolved. We did this to try to understand the absolutely huge length of time that our planet has been around, and how long it took for life to evolve.
After walking the entire length of the XP site we had gone back just over 3 billion years. Another 150 metres would have taken us right back to the formation of the planet – 4.54 billion years ago.
At this scale, the whole of human civilisation would fit into half a centimetre!
Learning materials for the self study unit on ‘The Nervous System’ have been posted on Google Classroom for both 8 Admiral and 8 Skipper. This work is due to be completed in STEAM books by Monday 15th.
The Year 8 Presentation of Learning will take place on Tuesday 8th May for Skipper and Wednesday 9th May for students in Admiral. The evening will be held at The Point in Doncaster at 5.30pm. We have chosen The Point as it provides students the opportunity to perform their poetry to an authentic audience and in the home of Doncaster Community Arts. Students will need to be collected from the venue not from School at 6.30pm. Students are looking forward to sharing their hard work with you.
If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact School.
Year 8 Team
The following link will take you to The Point, Doncaster. https://www.thepoint.org.uk