Operation Prezzie Drop

During the run up to Christmas, Father Christmas had a bit of a problem with his Sleigh, and called in a favour from the award winning STEM team at Gateacre School.

The winners of the 2016 Educate Award for STEM Project of the Year, were at it again working with the STEM Award runners up Rudston Primary School Year 5 classes, and Year 1-6 classes from Norman Pannell Primary School to help Father Christmas create a new delivery system using only binbags, string, paper, and sellotape.

Each group was split into 4 teams, Elf, Snowman, Reindeer and Penguin and given the same amount of materials and given 25 minutes to create 3 parachute’s that would safely deliver a present (a raw egg) from each of the 3 floors within Gateacre’s atrium. The younger students were ably assisted by Gateacre students from Years 8-10 and we even had help from the Managing Director of All About STEM, Michelle Dow for the final workshop.

Students had a great time seeing which parachute would work, and “eggcitement” reached fever pitch when many of the chutes managed to survive the top floor. The winning design was then based on which chute took the longest time to land safety. The winner in one group taking 9 seconds to land, which is a great achievement!

We had wonderful feedback from both schools and can’t wait to work with the younger students again.

“Gateacre have helped us so much on our mission to add variety, enjoyment and practical learning to our curriculum. Our kids (and staff) have benefited so much!” Mr Simpson, Head Teacher, Norman Pannell Primary School.

“It was a fantastic opportunity for our year 5 children to learn and apply their science knowledge in a fun and creative way. All our children and staff had an amazing time and learnt so much from your year 10s. It was wonderful to see all children so engaged and motivated by science.” Mrs Walters, Deputy Head Teacher, Rudston Primary School.