the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
STEM in action
28 September 2018
Year 5 girls visited the Jaguar Land Rover production plant in Solihull this week to extend their Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics skills.
The girls were pictured during their visit to the Land Rover Experience Centre after watching the unique manufacturing journey of each bespoke vehicle.
They started the day looking around the factory to learn more about how the vehicles are made. They saw how the robots use adhesive to join the metal panels together to form a ‘body in white’ before the spray painting process can begin. The cars then move into ‘trim and final’ where they add the wheels, trim, engine and seats.
Later, pupils enjoyed the opportunity to try their hand at some coding, programming their own production line using coding skills before being challenged to make 12 lego cars perfectly modelled from a prototype. They found that teamwork was vital and the fastest group managed to complete the challenge in 4 minutes 23 seconds.
Mrs Sally Hartley, Head of the Prep School, said: “As a girls' school we are keen to promote an interest in the STEM subjects. Our pupils were fascinated to watch the robots play such a huge part in creating an entire car and to have an insight into the sophisticated production process. We are sure the day has helped to inspire our scientists and engineers of the future.”
This visit will be followed by further coding work to program models back at school. The production line processes the girls have seen will also be used to inspire some
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