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.
Latest STEM News
Year 10 Student Orielle attended a ‘Wikipedia edit-a-thon’, that formed part of the University of Cambridge’s Women in STEM programme.
Year 12 student Eve won a place at the Women in STEM conference at Cambridge University. She was selected to take part in the end of conference debate and shares her new view on plastics in her review of the event.
Well done to Team Rampage who won the close fought Race for the Line competition.
Year 7 teams worked to design and make the fastest rocket powered car. Each car used the same size rocket motor and competed over the same track distance. The students considered aerodynamics and ways to reduce the mass of the cars.
Four budding scientists took part in the Barton Science Competition at Tonbridge School. They were challenged by a series of practical tasks in Biology, Chemistry and Physics that encouraged them to draw on their scientific knowledge to approach unfamiliar problems.
Two intrepid Year 8s pitted their mathematical and technological wits against a series of challenges in the national CyberFirst Girls Competition. The competition was organised by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), a part of GCHQ, to generate more interest among young women in the increasingly important field of cyber security.
The TGS Team were delighted to have been placed 11th in the country.
Congratulations to our Year 7 team who won the First Lego League 2018 Kent & Medway Judges’ Award in the world’s largest research and robotics tournament at the University of Kent.
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.
Meet some of our ‘STEM Alumni’
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.
Leon, who is now studying at Imperial College, tells of how he came to TGS in Year 12 with a real reluctance to continue studying French. However, he explains how he ended up enjoying it so much that he selected a degree that incorporates French and allows him to spend a year in Grenoble furthering his skills.
Anashwara left TGS in 2018 and is currently studying for a Masters in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Nottingham. She tells of how her time at TGS gave her an ability to talk to anyone she meets and a well rounded education. She also shares some of her memories of her time at TGS.
Currently an Intern at Rolls-Royce (Defence Aerospace), Michaela tells of how her time at TGS inspired her to take up engineering and gave her the determination to work hard and make her dreams a reality…
Other STEM Projects
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.