“Letting off STEAM” Workshop 2016
On 25th May 2016, CIGPE took part in organising and hosting the first STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) workshop for students in Guernsey. Pupils from Guernsey’s Grammar School were invited to attend a lunchtime lecture presented by local Civil Engineer Jenny Giles (MEng CEng MICE) based on the many challenges associated with the project of the renovating the Hanois Lighthouse landing before a select group of 14 students were invited to attend an after-school event based on solving one of the challenges associated with the Hanois Lighthouse project.
The attendees of the after school workshop were placed in seven groups of two and challenged to complete a small project that involved suspending a 150 gram weight 30cm from the edge of a work bench (simulating supporting a drilling rig from the edge of a boat landing). The students were given the use of hot glue, paper straws and string and given twenty minutes to complete the challenge before each entry were load tested before positive and constructive feedback on each design was offered to the group by the guest speaker Jenny Giles.
The activity was set with very few guidelines and left scope for all designs and countless potential solutions meaning that each group finished the challenge with a unique solution to varying successes.
The students were keen to test each structure to destruction and seemed to thoroughly enjoy the event. Feedback from CIGPE representatives, assistants and teachers at the event was positive and it is hoped the event can be run in line with future CIGPE lectures providing a new topic and guest speaker/ advisor from the engineering community for each event.
CIGPE has expressed our thanks to the Guernsey Grammar School, Education Department, Makerspace Guernsey and Young Engineers and we hope to work together to continue to expand the project into other Guernsey Schools in the future.