Year 8 STEM competition

On Thursday the 22nd June, Mrs Delaney and Mr Casey took 12 year 8 pupils to take part in a STEM competition at Manchester University.

The pupils were put into groups with pupils from 7 others schools from around the Northwest. They worked together on three practical activities which were led by University students.

The first challenge was a robotics challenge that involved the pupils programming a mobile Lego robot to carry out specified tasks. The next task was an EFIT challenge, where pupils used standard police software to identify people who they had seen for a very brief time during the activity. Each team witnessed a dramatized theft and then had to create an EFIT of the criminal. The final challenge was a diagnostics challenge, this involved pupils becoming medical students. During the challenge they had to diagnose patients and decide on the best treatments for them. One of the patients was an 80-year-old called Mrs Button aka Mr Casey!!!

All of the pupils were a real credit to the school, getting involved in all activities and being the main school to put their hands up and be a real part of the day.

At the end of the day, 12 awards were given out and 6 of these awards went to our St Paul’s students. Mrs Delaney was like a proud mum, cheering them on and getting a bit emotional as they collected their certificates and trophies.

Overall, an excellent day was had by all involved.