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The John Warner School

From radio controlled cars to taking part in some top STEM competitions, Stuart Higham from The John Warner School has built up a full-time STEM club full of exciting activities and opportunities for the students.

Meet the teacher

Way back in 2008, I had a number of students who were not completely satisfied with the breadth of learning available to them within the limitations of the classroom and what we could offer resource wise.

With the enthusiasm that they were showing to learn more and to gain more experiences, I started to research what activities we could use beyond the classroom.

This began as a lunchtime playing with old radio controlled cars and bits of Lego robotics kits but soon developed into a full-time club looking for new and exciting activities to take part in. Competition has always been a strong motivating factor and so we naturally gravitated towards the experiences that had the added edge of taking on other schools!

There are no boundaries or limitations to who can sign up and so each student will have a unique opportunity to see how others have gained confidence and to begin their own journey.
Stuart Higham Head of Engineering Faculty, John Warner School

We have been involved in a range of STEM outreach experiences featured on Neon – for example the VEX Robotics Competition, the IET Faraday Challenge Day and the EEP Robotics Challenge.

The majority of students who join us in our experiences usually begin their journey as fairly quiet and reserved students. Often those that don’t put themselves forward or lack the confidence to volunteer in the classroom find themselves mixed in with our more experienced students who have already discovered the joy of participating in STEM. There are no boundaries or limitations to who can sign up and so each student will have a unique opportunity to see how others have gained confidence and to begin their own journey.

Whether they join in year 7 or year 12, every student finds a place where they can express their opinions and work on projects with likeminded individuals. The journey is about building their inner confidence and allowing them to forge their own STEM pathway. We simply facilitate the opportunity and let them use it how they wish.

We’ve had lots of positive feedback from students taking part. They agree that they are encouraged to be dependable, honest, hardworking, friendly, creative, intelligent, caring and inspiring, as well as taking responsibility, show respect and be inclusive. All these attributes have contributed to our success, encourages new members to the school and helps us to build our community with our local STEM day.

Related experiences

Competition

EEP Robotics Challenge

Teams build, program and control LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 as well as present an engineering-focused research project.

  • Ages 11 to 14
  • Offsite - Multiple locations
  • Multi-session
  • Free
Competition

VEX GO Challenge

 A classroom-based competition for primary schools that brings STEM to life!

  • Ages 8 to 11
  • In-school
  • Flexible project work
  • Cost applies
Online

ICE David Butler Competition

Give your students the chance to shape our world this autumn in our exciting digital civil engineering competition.

  • Ages 16 to 19
  • Online
  • Multi-session
  • Free
Competition

ProtoEV STEM Challenge

Discover the thrill of STEM through designing, building, and racing electric go karts! Inspire the future generation of STEM

  • Ages 10 to 19
  • In-school
  • Multi-session
  • Cost applies
Online

Net Zero Challenge

A project-based activity for students to help their community reach Net Zero.

  • Ages 10 to 19
  • Online
  • Flexible project work
  • Free

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