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STEM Events

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics are an important part of our curriculum. St Joseph's In The Park actively encourages and supports pupils to achieve in these areas. Read about some recent events and competitions.

F1 Jaguar National Finalists

It's a roaring success …

Our Year 5 team, the Cheeky Cheetahs, enjoyed roaring success, under Mrs Elson’s guidance, to become Regional Winners of the F1 Jaguar Primary Challenge. The challenge involved designing and manufacturing the fastest car possible, emulating the design and engineering processes employed by real engineering companies, such as Jaguar Cars.

Congratulations to the Cheeky Cheetahs for taking part in the National Finals.

STEM Goes Global

STEM went global for 135 Year 6 children ...

STEM went global for 135 Year 6 children from local independent and state schools.

The children heard from our speakers how global problems like disease, food and health are being tackled, and solutions found through science and technology.

  • Melissa Upjohn – vet working with animals in developing countries
  • Jackie Dean, PHC – how genetic modification can help protect crops in the developing world
  • Rhiannon Lowe, GSK – finding a cure for diseases in developing countries
  • Tina Chowdhury, QMUL – how bio-engineering is helping mothers to give birth to their babies safely
  • Six exciting hands-on workshops were run by Princess Helena College, Haileybury, St Edmunds College, SETPOINT and GSK.

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Bioengineering at QMUL

Real science in action …

Year 6 were joined by pupils from Albury, Puller Memorial and Wheatcroft  schools for a visit to the Queen Mary University London laboratories.

Following an introductory talk by Dr Chowdhury on cells, tissues and bio-engineering the children were then split into groups to experience real science in action.

The children met scientists from the Institute of Bioengineering who explained about the mechanics of cells and why it is important to stretch or squash cells and tissues.

The children took part in hands on investigative experiments and made beads out of alginate or agarose using chondrocyte cells that could be grown within the biomaterial. The children stretched tendons and squashed cartilage tissue.

These cutting edge techniques are the future of research at the Institute of Bioengineering and are used in the real bioengineering world. 

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