STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths

At the Academy we are integrating rich STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) lessons into each subject area. STEM is more than just renaming regular lessons with a new title, it is about encouraging young people to become the future makers, builders and designers of the world.

Solving real world problems is encouraged by working together in groups, researching ideas and experimenting with the solution. Mistakes are embraced and learnt from and students do not need to be worried about trying something out to see if it works.

Making students aware of the links between subjects and how skills gained in one area can help them in others, will unify their knowledge through practical application.

There are many STEM careers to choose from and the shortage of people in these roles is abundant, making it a fantastic opportunity for future generations.

You can read more about STEM at the Academy in our Blog and follow us on Twitter.

TESLA visit

posted 8 Dec 2017, 05:58 by N Nelson   [ updated 8 Dec 2017, 05:59 ]

On Thursday 30th November, 230 students from the academy were fortunate enough to take part in a very special STEM event, focused on our current whole school theme of vehicles and transportation.


A few months ago, Mr Nicholson met Hussain Mawjee from TESLA at a motor show. After discussing how Ryde Academy had an amazing STEM curriculum, Hussain agreed to arrange a school visit to discuss the company he worked for and bring along a TESLA Model X.


Hussain works in sales for TESLA and has a degree in Motorsport Engineering, making him a perfect role model for inspiring students.


Students attended a presentation and learnt about Nikola Tesla, Elon Musk and how our carbon footprint is causing problems for the planets ecosystem. A question and answer session followed, where our students came up with many questions. Some of these questions included:

What happens to the batteries after they are used up?

Has TESLA considered making electric vehicles for public transportation?

Why should we choose more expensive electric cars when traditional fuel cars are cheaper?

At the end of the session the students were allowed to get close to the Model X and sat in it, took selfies and asked lots of questions.


Taking full advantage of Hussain’s experience in engineering, many students asked about career choices and left feeling very inspired about the opportunities that are available to them.


There is a misconception that electric cars don’t perform as well as fossil fuel cars. This couldn’t be further from the truth, the Model X runs 0-60 Miles Per Hour in just over 2 seconds!


Stem Club - Ryde Academy's New Stem Inspiration Room

posted 12 Nov 2017, 23:09 by Nat Admin

This week in STEM Club, students made use of our new STEM Inspiration Room.

Students are currently working on creating articulated wings for Global Rock. Time was spent using the space to plan out how the wings will work, source materials and design a model ready to make a prototype.

STEM Engineering Education Scheme

posted 17 Oct 2017, 07:03 by Nat Admin

Year 12 students attended the induction day for the Engineering Education Scheme at Southampton University in October. This was an amazing opportunity for them to take part in learning about project management, working as a team and developing ideas for a real world solution for a local company.

The students also had an opportunity for a tour of Southampton University and sample what university life is like on campus.

Our students will be mentored by and  working with GKN Aerospace over the next 6 months on a project that will help GKN’s production process to save time and potentially money, using robotics.

Students were told of the importance of STEM career choices and how the UK economy will depend on them in the future.

The team building exercise in the afternoon involved working in project groups to create a rollercoaster that allowed a marble to roll. The winning group was the team that could keep the marble rolling the longest. The team quickly discovered that making the track as long as possible would allow this.

Valuable lessons were learnt on using time effectively and planning ahead before diving straight into their project ideas.

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