Year 8 STEM workshop with Shell

30 Students from Year 8 were selected to participate in an Engineering workshop in association with Shell on Tuesday 25 September 2018 .

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) based workshop provided every student with the opportunity to create a mini electric car and understand the principles of Engineering. Additionally, the sessions was also packed with careers information and inspirational films, as well as the prospect of working with engineer’s within industry.

Each workshop was:

  • Facilitated by an Engineer & STEM expert
  • An opportunity to explore concepts in physics, technology and engineering
  • Careers information linked to Engineering
  • All students will be supported with all equipment required, including mini electric cars

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Institute of Physics Awards Dinner

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Kingsbury High School’s Sixth Form student, Jade Constantinou, was selected to co-host at the Institute of Physics (IOP) annual awards dinner which took place on Wednesday 15th October 2014.  Jade spent her summer volunteering at, and signing up to, various Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) organisations including the Science & Technology Faculties Council; spending a day at the University College London’s Observatory with Teaching Fellow in Astronomy, Dr Steve Fossey; a two week internship at Laing O’Rourke; and applying to the Social Mobility Foundation’s Aspiring Professionals Programme, where she was introduced to the possibility of becoming an orator for the IOP’s prestigious awards ceremony.

The selection process involved an interview where Jade was up against students from various colleges. Jade was successful and was selected alongside, A Level Physics student, Renato from Woodhouse College in Finchley.

Jade said “I received an email informing me that I had been chosen to be one of the orators for the event. The institute had never used students to present the awards before, so we had a lot of preparation in rehearsals. We wrote our own introductions and we had to know how to say all of the technical terms and names of the award winners correctly. It would have been quite embarrassing if we had mispronounced any names in front of all these great physicists and scientists.

“It’s been an amazing experience. Most people wouldn’t get the opportunity that I had and I’m really, really grateful that I got it. It’s been a really good insight into making connections; working; building up my skills; and knowing how the real world works. In the future I definitely want to pursue something in the Physics sector. It has really inspired me to represent Physics more and to represent women going in to Physics.”

Dr Frances Saunders, President of the Institute of Physics, said “We were delighted to have Jade and Renato join us for the dinner.  It was wonderful to have two such enthusiastic physics students with us for the evening.  They did an incredible job and we’re very grateful.  Kingsbury should be proud to have such a confident ambassador. I wish them all the very best in their future endeavours.”

Photography: The Institute of Physics. View more here.

STEM talks at Kingsbury High School

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On Tuesday 8th and Tuesday 15th July 2014, former students, who are now working or training in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) industries, were invited back to Kingsbury High to speak to current students about their experiences.

Former students spoke to students from Years 7 and 8 to share ideas about what inspired and enthused them to follow STEM routes at A level and beyond. Mr Cumbers said “Each had their own tales to tell, some straight forward and ‘easy’, others a little more complex and at times feeling unlikely in the extreme. We were very grateful to them for their freely given time to support their own science teachers in spreading the word about STEM and the wonderful opportunities it can hold.”

KHS Wins STEM Competition

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Kingsbury High School has been selected as one of just twenty five schools chosen to receive free LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) resources worth £3,000 as part of a pilot of the Elite Engineering Programme (EEP).

Kingsbury High School was chosen following an application and video entry to the EEP Schools Competition, followed by a campaigning process in England, Scotland and Wales.

The judges prioritised schools that would benefit most from the new resources. They then considered how enthusiastic the school was and how much community support had been shown for the video application.

Kingsbury High School will receive LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 resources for Key Stage 3 students (aged 12+ years) and will also receive free training for teachers, which will explain how to use the materials to deliver the STEM National Curriculum. Students will have the chance to use the LEGO® resources to build sophisticated programmable robots to compete against others, at regional and national contests.

Gareth Boldsworth, Director, LEGO Education Europe explained; “We’re keen to make LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 available to young people who might not otherwise get the opportunity to discover that they have a real flair for engineering. For the EEP pilot we were looking for schools that would work hard to make the pilot a success but currently lacked resources. We had some fantastic entries so the decision process was really tough. Kingsbury High School’s application stood out to the judges and we’re looking forward to working with them.”

Kingsbury High School’s KS4 Co-ordinator for Computer Science, Roshan Bhuwa said “Being one of 25 schools in the country to be selected to take part in the EEP program is a fantastic achievement for Kingsbury High School. Universities are currently not producing enough engineering graduates to satisfy demand and often there are vacant positions left in industry. By winning access to over £3000 worth of state of the art equipment, we hope to inspire Kingsbury High School students to take up a future in STEM in order to help produce the forward thinkers and innovators of tomorrow.”

Watch our winning video:

LEGO comes to Kingsbury High School

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Mr Carver, the school’s Head of Technology, is a Certified LEGO Teacher Trainer of Mindstorms. He has taught with LEGO Mindstorms for five years and is now introducing it to the curriculum at Kingsbury High. Mr Carver also hopes to get a team of students into the First LEGO League tournament, an international competition where students build and program robots to solve a range of problems and challenges. Quoted on the LEGO Education website, he said, ‘Through the building and programming challenges, students become active participators, developing both teamwork and collaborative skills. They immediately find elements of the kit familiar and soon grow confident enough to explore their own ideas. Learning with LEGO provides opportunities for the students to apply their scientific, mathematic and engineering knowledge to solve real life problems, thus making very strong cross curricular links’.

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[text by Mr. Carver; photograph by Steve]