Tuesday 31st January 2017
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Give students the opportunity to investigate the impact of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) on wheelchair sport.
The success of any athlete is the result of many hours of training, dedication and sacrifice. In the case of wheelchair athletes, there is an added dimension – the work of the team who designed the wheelchair. So, when a wheelchair athlete wins a medal, to what extent has engineering design made a difference to her performance?
At the session to find out how to deliver a STEM challenge activity that helps students to develop an understanding of some of the practical challenges faced by engineers when designing and making wheelchairs for sport.
> Explore the science of designing a racing wheelchair
> Build Scale Models of their designs
> Compete against one another to test their designs
> Refine their designs to improve performance
Winning Medals can be run as a STEM enrichment day or as an on-going lunch time or after school club (approximately four hours in total). Attendees at the event will receive a resources box to take back to their school to aid delivery of the project.