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Pupils at Wellfield Middle School take part in a bridge building exercise with TyneMet College as part of their STEM initiative.

Pupils at Wellfield Middle School take part in a bridge building exercise with TyneMet College as part of their STEM initiative.

Pupils have been building bridges as part of a workshop to engage them in potential careers.

Students at Wellfield Middle School learned more about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) over a three-day initiative.

Throughout the days they developed engineering skills as a team with challenges including building bridge structures, making wind turbines, programming Lego models to move, solving a crime using forensics, and more.

Annie Russell, of Cullercoats Dove Marine Laboratory, brought in marine wildlife while Pc Julie Twigg talked about fingerprinting.

Teacher Hayley McElderry said: “I am passionate about students having as many opportunities as possible to be inspired and learn about a wide range of future career pathways.

“It has been a huge success and given the students the chance to work like an engineer and improve their problem solving skills.”

Parent Sean Churchill, who works for Arco, delivered a popular workshop about the Bloodhound SSC (Super sonic car) Project, a jet and rocket powered car designed to go at 1,000mph.

Speaking about the workshops, Sean said: “I think it is brilliant how it gives children an opportunity in the outside world and what it’s like to solve real life challenges.”

Other visitors included representatives from Northumbria University teaching about forensics; Tynemet College giving sessions about building bridges; and a local mechanical engineer explaining what the process of ‘pigging’ involves in pipelines.

Christopher Tipple, chair of governors, said: “I like the idea of themed learning because it gives students more of a purpose of what they are doing.

“It involves people outside of school and makes them connect a real life purpose in the real world.”

 

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