19 December 2018

Year 7-9 pupils with an interest in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) were given the opportunity to learn about marine biology on Tuesday when the Sea Cadets visited Priory.

The workshops explained and investigated the effects of pressure on sea vessels, with specific focus on buoyancy.  Pupils gained the opportunity to develop skills and understanding during the fun, interactive sessions in which they learnt the principles of engineering through use of marine-based real-life scenarios.  In teams of three, pupils were tasked to create a boat, using only card and foil, which could hold the most marbles.

Sally Wilkinson, Sea Cadets STEM Co-ordinator, said “We are passionate about inspiring young people to engage with STEM subjects and highlight the career opportunities in Marine Engineering. We have specially created this workshop session covering buoyancy.”

The winning team was ‘HMS Tinfoil’ with a boat that could hold an impressive 240 marbles. Well done Tom D Alfie D and Rhianne L.  Adam B and Dan G came a close second with 231 marbles with their boat, ‘Jemima’.