At the end of June, Oldbury Wells pupils were treated to a visit from the RAF Cosford STEM Bus, a mobile classroom packed with resources to stimulate students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The bus is a partnership between RAF Cosford and Tablet Academy.
Oldbury Wells’ Y7 pupils, along with Y5 pupils from St Leonard’s Primary taking part in the school’s transition programme, boarded the bus to participate in a range of activities. The students learnt code while using BBC Micro:bit to build a sonic screwdriver, they built paper rockets and launched them with compressed air, and they explored the galaxy using Virtual Reality headsets.
Oldbury Wells’ Head of Science Mr Swann-Horler said, “It was great to see pupils (and several staff!) getting so much enjoyment from science. The coding task using the BBC Micro:bit was great fun – we could have filled the bus 10 times over with pupils wanting to try it out from Y5 all the way to Y13!”
Oldbury Wells welcomed pupils from other primary schools throughout June, with children from Alveley, Beckbury, Brown Clee, Claverley, Highley, Morville, St John’s, St Leonard’s, St Mary’s and Worfield all getting a taste of their new ‘big school’.