Students learn about alternative energy
Year 9 students from The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College recently took part in an engaging STEM day, which challenged them to work in teams to think about alternative energy.
The immersive 2 hour workshop, which was delivered by Energy Quest, was designed to unlock
the students’ inner engineer as they explored alternative energy sources. During the session the students got hands-on as they learnt about practical engineering. In one of the activities the students used energy from an orange to power a lightbulb.
The Energy Quest workshop challenged the engineering skills in order to solve a problem. The workshop took the students on a journey during which they engaged with the engineering design process, and had to think and act like engineers. In addition, the students had opportunity to speak to an engineer and learn about the pathways into engineering, feeding into the school’s careers programme.
Year 9 student, Lily, said: “It was extremely interesting and very fun! It inspired me and some of my friends to think about becoming an engineer".
Alison Davies, Headteacher, commented, “We always enjoy welcoming external organisations to AVS as it is a brilliant way for our students to learn about the world, and opportunities, outside of school. Our students had a great time working with Energy Quest and we hope the opportunity has encouraged them to pursue further opportunities in science and engineering.”