We have an amazing STEM centre in school that has just been awarded the Best STEM Club in the national STEMNET awards at the House of Lords! Headed up by Dr Caroline Operandi, there are also a wide number of ways to get involved with STEM at PACA, ranging from lunchtime and after school clubs to working with outside organisations on a project. STEM is taught as part of the core curriculum.
Recent projects have included building a car, designing and coding a video game, creating an observatory and a tea plantation, and making natural cosmetics and toiletries. We have very close links with Sussex and Brighton universities who bring exciting STEM projects into school. University students have recently been showing us how to build robots.
We also work closely with our local primary schools. We have developed a Science Bus with Mile Oak Primary which is being used to teach science to local primary schools and we built a Words on Wheels mobile bookshop to be used as a small business.
If you are interested in learning how to write computer code you can get involved in programming apps or games. A recent project was to write a programme to get a robot to follow a track around the STEM centre.
Greenpower electric race car
A group of students have built a working electric car from scratch. You can see it in the STEM centre.
Observatory Project and Dr Who Project
We have some fantastic telescopes which we have been using in our observatory. We were able to take some amazing photos of the recent solar eclipse.
Cosmetic Beauty Range Business with Glass Fusing
Two projects have come together here to enable us to launch a small business. We have been fusing glass to make some beautiful packing to use for our home grown all organic beauty range.
Design and Build Club:
If you like to make things this is the club for you. We choose what to make, put a lot of thought into its design, both in terms of how it will work and what it will look like, and then translate those designs into building it.