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Solar Tower STEM Session

Provide a unique experience for your Secondary School students by signing up for one of the STEM Sessions.

Solar Tower STEM Session

Your students will be tasked to work in small teams to complete a hands-on engineering project to build a Solar Tower.

All materials for this challenge can be easily sourced, as it uses everyday items which are readily available. Schools will be provided with a kit list.

All STEM Session activities are virtual interactive workshops hosted by a Smallpeice Trust educator and designed to complement the national curriculum.

For schools across the UK, this will help you to meet your Gatsby benchmarks. All of our STEM activities encourage young people to consider the possibilities of a career in engineering and help them to build life and leadership skills in line with the Skills Builder partnership.

Sessions run at 09.15, 10.15, 11.15, and 14.15. Schools are welcome to join as many sessions as they want to and to join whichever sessions they prefer. Plus, multiple classes can join together.


Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects

  • Challenge stereotypes by showing the diversity of disciplines, people and skills involved in engineering

Subjects and topics

    • Design and Technology
    • Engineering
    • Maths
    • Design, art and fashion
    • General engineering
    • Structures, construction and civil engineering

Gatsby benchmarks

The Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:

  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers

Essential skills

The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:

  • Creativity - the use of imagination and the generation of new ideas.

  • Problem solving - the ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge.

What the teachers say

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