What is STEM?
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. These four subjects are often taught in isolation; however all the disciplines are closely intertwined in the real world. STEM activities aim to reflect and enhance this integration.
We aim to enhance the curriculum delivered at TGS through a variety of lunchtime clubs and projects and well as encouraging participation in external competitions and courses. We have an up to date STEM board situated on the way to Physics with flyers and other information for you to take home.
Below you will find just some of the STEM activities which take place in our school. Click on the title to find out more.
As preparation for Refugee week, all Year 8 students took part in a live interactive intercultural experience. "Desperate Journeys" explores the global refugee crisis by tracking the journey of a family forced from their home in a war torn country. It is a challenging piece based firmly on facts.
The Race for the Line competition is intended to inspire tomorrow's engineers and scientists with a national rocket car racing competition involving around 70,000 Year 7 / S1 students in England, Scotland and Wales. Year 7 competed in school earlier in the year, and the TGS winning team from the school qualified to compete in the Regional Final.
Recently Tonbridge Grammar School took part in the annual Bloodhound 'Race for the Line' competition. About two weeks before, Year 7 all got into teams of 3 or 4 and each team was given a blue Styrofoam block to shape and sand. Students had to try and make the most aerodynamic rocket car possible with the resources.
On Friday 26th January, Chartwells presented a 'Ready Steady Cook!' display for Year 7 and 8 students. They began by telling the students a bit about food, going into detail about why breakfast is the most important meal of the day and the different food groups. Then they put on a cooking competition where two teams had a set amount of time to cook a healthy meal to be tasted and judged.
Nobel Prize Fever hit Tonbridge Grammar School last Friday at a
presentation enjoyed by 170 students, including visitors from Sevenoaks
School, Weald Grammar School and West Kent College.
Tonbridge Grammar School’s Flight Simulator Project, begun last year as a part of the Royal Aeronautical Society’s competition, has recently reached new heights, having received new sponsorship from Noetica and a pair of actuators from Linak
The “Race for the Line” BBC micro:bit Model Rocket Car Competition encourages pupils aged 11 to 16 to work together to make a foam rocket car powered by a small solid fuel rocket motor, and pit it against rival teams.
Since last September, our flight simulator project has gone from strength to strength and recently the team have achieved entry into the national finals of the Big Bang competition.
On Monday 12th December, Tonbridge Grammar School Year 13 Design Technology students participated in an educational trip to The Design Museum in Kensington.
On the 6th of December in the year 2016 AD, five brave souls stepped onto the minibus to take on a challenge that tested their skills, the FIRST LEGO League Kent and Medway Regional Finals.
On Thursday 10th November, fourteen Year 12 students attended three Biology lectures at the Camden Centre in London to extend our learning and link it to the real world.
For the second year running our IB Biology students had the chance to experience a four day residential Field Course in South Devon
On Monday the 10th of October, the whole of Year 7 went to Herstmonceux Observatory in Sussex.
On Saturday 17th September, we were invited to attend the unveiling of a life-size bronze statue of aviator Amy Johnson.
Chemistry Olympiad 12-13
Falcon Project 7-13
Science Club 7-8
STEM Club 9-11
Physics Olympiad 12-13
lego league 7-10
A Big Thank You...
The Science department is very grateful to the School Fund, which continues to support its enrichment and enhancement program as well as its curriculum. In 2016, we were bought 30 ipads; 2 sets of 15. These have proved invaluable to our science lessons, used daily in all year groups. They are used in years 7-9 as part of our curriculum teaching to promote independent learning; 10-13 for research and revision and in Y12-13 also for IB coursework. They are especially useful for Y11 and 13 when revising for the external exams.
In 2018, the Physics department benefitted from 12 extra power supplies bought with School Fund money. Physics uses 4 science rooms for years 9-11 and now for the first time, all 4 have a class set of power supplies, which are used in multiple Physics experiments.
Further, Science Club has been able to run the British Science Association’s Flagship programme, the Crest awards, with year 7-9 students taking part in the bronze and silver award scheme. This is the first time this has run for at least 5 years and something we hope to be able to continue.
We receive lots of information about STEM courses which run thoroughout the year, including the school holidays and STEM competitions, many of which come with a monetary prize. The best place to find information about these is the STEM notice board, where you can take a flyer.
On the 28th of June 2016, 4 Year Eights were chosen to attend a science meet. This event was a workshop designed to encourage the younger generation to write scientific articles, specifically for the Young Scientist Journal.
Huge Congratulations to our students for first place at the KM Bright Sparks awards! the Falcon Project was described as "outstanding" by Bright Sparks Ambassador Jane Priston of the Amy Johnson Project
We are delighted to announce that the Falcon Project has been made it through to the final round of the KM bright spark awards. Final judging takes place in a "Dragon's Den" format and occurs on the 1st July at the Discovery Centre in Sandwich. Good luck everyone! Click here for more information including a video of the project
Huge congratulations to all those involved in the Falcon Project. The final part of judging took place at the beginning of June last week at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford. The team were awarded full marks for their presentation coming second overall and being awarded £700 prize. We are very proud of everyone involved
Tonbridge Grammar School is the local STEM hub for the MicroBit Model rocket car race programme. Rocket car kits are modified by the teams to run faster and the times entered on to a national leader board. Our girls had a great time on the 10th June. Click here for pictures.
We provide a wide and varied STEM enrichment program, available to local primary, secondary and specialist schools . These range from running maths challenges, fun science activities and hosting STEM events.
On Monday 9th May, some of our students were lucky enough to see the Transit of Mecury through a speacil solar telescope. Click here for furher details and photographs.
On Monday 21st March 2016, as part of the Falcon Initiative, a RAF Boeing CH-47 Chinook landed on our fields
Students have been busy in science week - see what we have been up to!
Every year 7 student will receive a free micro:bit, a pocket-sized codeable computer with motion detection, a built-in compass and Bluetooth technology. Due to arrive in school in the spring term.
In order to build on our current ideas for the Falcon Project, and consult experts on finer design details, some of our team went to BAE systems in Rochester.
We are delighted and excited that TGS has been chosen to be one of the UK schools involved in "Rocket Science", part of Tim Peaks's mission! We look forward to receiving our space seeds in April!
Did you know that the school are in the process of designing a prototype of a flight simulator?
In January, 33 Y12 and Y13 students enjoyed a very interesting visit to CERN, the huge particle accelerator in Geneva.