On Thursday 19 June Ryde Academy welcomed Exscitec, a team
from Imperial College in London, who came over to deliver a day of Science,
Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) workshops.
In the morning the AMAT (Academically More Able and Talented)
students participated in a variety of activities followed by a group of Year 10
students in the afternoon.
Year 7 students had great fun dressing up in lab
coats and blue gloves to look at a variety of acids and alkalis, and then make
their own indicators from rose petals, blueberry jam and other household
Meanwhile in another lab Year 8 were busy doing
Crime Scene investigations, testing blood stained fabrics and working out who had
committed the crime and how the victim had been murdered.
A very enthusiastic Maths graduate was talking
to Year 9 about geometry, topology, Möbius strips and the possibility of a
fourth dimension. They built models and worked out patterns and puzzles.
Robotics was a very popular workshop for Year 10
students. They learnt how to write code,
uploaded it to robots, eventually making them run round a maze. Clever
After lunch, our next group of students arrived
for fun with Colourful Chemistry, Game Theory, Crazy Critters and Geodesic
Domes. Handling tarantulas and giant millipedes were activities for the brave!
Meanwhile outside two teams were racing to build giant domes before clambering
inside to hear a talk from the Exscitec mentors about university life and
Overall, a hugely worthwhile day and a lot of
fun had by many of our students.
Please contact us if you wish to use any of the photos in our library by calling the main reception.