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 and produce a newsletter every term, detailing the STEM activities on that period.
Stay in touch with all things STEM related either via this website or our termly newsletter or the STEM notice board (where you can get copies of the newsletter).
Below you will find just some of the STEM activities which take place in our school. Click on the title to find out more.
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.
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
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
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.
Two of our students took part in the British Physics Olympiad Experimental Project 2015 and we are delighted to announce they won the bronze medal. A fantastic achievement!!