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Coombes Boys School

STEM Primary Days

During the week of Monday 6th February, Coombe Boys’ School once again invited pupils from local primary school in year 5 and 6 to take part in various STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) activities. Corpus Christi, Knollmead and Malden Manor schools took part, with over 180 pupils between them attending. This is the 5th year that Coombe Boys’ has organised this event.

This was a great opportunity for pupils to learn about the importance of STEM subjects, and also to have a go themselves and experience a real science laboratory! 

During each science session, the pupils not only witnessed various experiments carried out by our qualified laboratory assistant, including blowing up a hydrogen balloon (ear plugs and goggles compulsory!), but also were able to mix chemicals for themselves to make rainbow fizzes. They also learned about alkaline and acids, safety in a laboratory, and how to extract iron ore.

In the engineering/mathematics session, pupils were given the challenge of building the tallest tower purely using spaghetti and marshmallows. They first had to discuss and sketch their ideas; they had to think carefully first about their design, about the importance of a strong base, the most stable shapes, and how to make the most of the resources given to them (eating the marshmallows was not a good strategy!).

The feedback was wonderfully positive. We look forward to welcoming more of our primary school pupils next year.