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Full STEAM ahead

01 November 2017

It has been full STEAM ahead in the Eagles classroom these past two weeks! We are in the process of building a ‘wind table’ on which to test our own aircraft designs.

  • Y6 building a ‘wind table’
  • Y6 building a ‘wind table’
  • Y6 building a ‘wind table’
  • Y6 building a ‘wind table’
  • Y6 building a ‘wind table’

It has been an interesting process and we have learnt a lot about how (and how not) to do certain things. It started with an investigation into the history of commercial aviation, which led on to questions about what aircraft of the future will look like. The students are becoming great investigators, tweaking their ideas one variable at a time in a continual cycle of building, testing and improving. ​

The idea of the wind table is to have a way to test different types of aircraft and investigate more closely properties such as aerodynamics and stability. The first design didn't provide enough updraft but we went back to the drawing board and – about 2000 straws later – ‘Wind Table 2’ is almost complete. Whether it succeeds or fails, the process has really developed the Be Ambitious skills of resilience, collaboration and fluent thinking in Year 6.


By Matt Champness

Year 6 Eagles Class Teacher


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