Science Technology Engineering and Maths

These four subjects are highly valued at The Ridgeway School and we have lots of exciting opportunities for students within these four areas.

We have been hugely successful in competitions such as the Go4Set Challenge and the Faraday event, with students progressing to the final rounds at Exeter university and Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford, respectively.

There is a weekly STEM club open to all KS3 students, where students can extend their knowledge of all areas of STEM in exciting challenges and projects. We have made sweet dispensers, looked at the science reactions when cooking food, robotics, electronic textiles, maths challenges and lots more.

In addition to our popular STEM club, Year 12 students have taken part in a residential trip and an ongoing project working with aeronautical engineers to design and create a prototype project that the presented to a panel of judges.

Throughout the year we hold STEM events, including guest speakers – our latest speakers were the STEMettes who held an assembly to Year 9 girls about careers in STEM. We also hold challenge days for groups of students to work with STEM companies and take part in STEM challenges.

All students are welcome and encouraged to take part in the opportunities that STEM offers. We look forward to seeing you in some of our STEM events soon.



STEM May 2016Success for Go4Set Students!
Year 9 students showed hard work and outstanding dedication at this year’s Go4Set competition. Students worked with STEM companies Praxair and Intel to produce a prototype, formal presentation and a written proposal of their chosen task. The competition ran from October and students gave up their lunch break once a week to complete this project. All of the students showed maturity and professionalism during the presentation day and the Intel team won the student’s choice award from their peers at the event, meaning they are through to the next round of the competition. The Intel team are now looking forward to continuing their success at the Big Bang Event in Exeter in June. A massive well done to all students involved!  Miss L Hodge





Stem RAF Tattoo

Stem – Royal Air Tattoo engineering competition 2015
On a hot summers day, five Ridgeway students took part in an engineering competition at Fairford International Air Tattoo.  Daniel Ellis Parker, Harry Harvey Jones, Oscar Goy, Oliver Rowell and Harry Jamie competed in the ‘School’s engineering challenge’ which was sponsored by Lockhead Martin and Rolls Royce. Six schools from the surrounding area sent teams of five students.
The task was to make an air propelled rocket cart move down a runway, hit a trebuchet catapult and launch a missile as far as possible.  The students had all day to design and make their machines with the help of the sponsor’s engineers.  When it came to the final competition Ridgeway managed to hit the target and launch their missile a staggering 12 feet.  Teams followed but most carts missed the target of their catapult through poor design, only one team were able to better the Ridgeway combo of rocket car and catapult.  The runners up were over the moon with their result and duly soaked up the applause whilst enjoying shaking hands with the directors of Rolls Royce.  The students really enjoyed the day, with the task and background setting really inspiring the team, after all it is not often that you get to build a rocket cart next to a Lockhead F-35 lightening, with a joint Vulcan bomber and red arrows fly pass overhead. The noise made communication a bit tricky. The boys were a credit to the school with the organiser commenting  how smart and enthusiastic they were.  Mr P Kench



STEM EDTOverall Winners in EDT’s Go4Set competition for Engineering and Electronics
The Ridgeway School had great success in the EDT Go4Set Engineering competition this year.
Our engineering teams made up of Year 9 students took the overall engineering prize in both the G04Set Engineering competition and the G04Set Electronics competition.  Both teams worked for 10 weeks with a mentor from industry to design an engineering solution and write a brief for a set problem.  Judging was done by local engineers and assessed presentation skills, innovation, planning, organization, and report writing skills. The result for both competitions was the same; Ridgeway beat all the local participating schools to the overall prize.
Join me in congratulating the Engineering team Alice Baker, Isabella Bradly-Leach, Olivia Cunningham, Becca Stubbs, and Rebecca Smith and the Electronics team  Kieran Hall, Hannah Hockin, Paven Patel, Andrew Ridler, Georgia Spry, and James Stratford.
Mr J Watts



STEM July 2015EDT Engineering Education Scheme Competition July 1st, 2015
It may have been the hottest day of the year on July 1st 2015, but it was the pressure that had our Year 12 engineering students sweating.  Alex Coates and Ellis Lester presented the design of an airplane circuit cooling bracket to a group of Engineer judges at Rolls Royce in Bristol.  Alex and Ellis presented the design; however, they were only two of the four member team that had developed the bracket.  Unfortunately, George Martyn and Han Tiet were unable to join their team members on the presentation day.
The development of the bracket was done by the four members was the team alongside Robert Hudd, their engineering mentor from TE Connectivity.  The presentation the culmination of an 8 month engineering and design competition run by the Engineering Development Trust named Engineering Education Scheme.  The team of four Year 12’s were given the brief to solve a real world problem of overheating PCB circuit boards on airplanes.  The team had to develop a design, provide comprehensive testing of the design concepts, create a presentation, and write an extensive report on the whole process.  Their simple and elegant design won all four Gold CREST awards and very positive feedback from judges and fellow engineers.  Congratulations to Alex Coates, Ellis Lester, George Martyn, and Han Tiet. Mr J Watts


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