The STEM Module returned to the school for a fourth visit in March. This year it was the turn of the Technology Department to make use of the state of the art mobile labs.
A group of Year 9 pupils and the Year 11 Product Design students were introduced to Solid Works CAD software and had a fun day making their own key rings using the latest in 3D printing technology.
The STEM Module mobile laboratory run by the North Eastern Education and Library Board came out last year to do some work with some of our senior girls and will be visiting again in March.
Studying science at A-Level at the Girls’ Model gives our pupils the unique learning opportunity to work with a group of nine other schools in the Belfast area as part of the Step-Up programme run in partnership with the University of Ulster.
Every Friday, pupils from the Step-Up schools go to Jordanstown or Coleraine to attend lectures or use the University laboratories to conduct experiments.
Being part of this programme allows us access to other activities run by the University of Ulster aimed at engaging the younger pupils in KS3 and KS4 with Science, Technology and Maths. These range from competitions to interactive lectures at Jordanstown given by members of the university teaching staff. Talks this year have included ‘The Science of Survival’, ‘Air Crash Investigation’ and a ‘Virtual Autopsy’.
The STEM subjects are an integral part of the broad and balanced curriculum offered at the Girls’ Model, giving our pupils the opportunity to explore the world of Science, Maths and Technology in a fun and exciting way. We aspire to engage our pupils enough to encourage them to continue their studies in these areas at post 16 and beyond, thereby opening the way to university study and an exciting career shaping all of our futures.