TECHNICALLY minded students at Alcester Academy put some of their science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills to the test recently as part of a challenge organized by Tomorrow’s Engineers and the Smallpiece Trust.

Approximately 60 13 and 14-year-old pupils took part in the STEM day project, working in small groups to design a sustainable island, developing electricity form a renewable source, and helping to sustain the island’s water system.

Students designed and built a wind turbine to generate the maximum amount of electricity, and a dam system to make the most out of rainwater and prevent it from being wasted by returning to the sea.

The groups were given a budget for their designs as well as time constraints and aesthetic requirements.

Dylan Cozens, education officer for The Smallpiece Trust, said: “We are most grateful to Tomorrow’s Engineers for supporting these inspirational events. The migration towards low carbon energy and a more sustainable way of life requires technological change, which is why it is important that we enthuse young people to consider engineering as a viable future career.”

David Campbell-Kelly, who is responsible for teaching maths to gifted and talented students at Alcester Academy, added: “We were delighted to have this amazing opportunity. It has encouraged our pupils to connect what they learn inside the classroom with what actually happens in the working environment. By participating in this event, we have found that many of our students have been inspired to push themselves harder in STEM subjects to achieve their future goals.”

The STEM Day was run by the independent educational charity, The Smallpiece Trust, as part of an ongoing programme of courses designed to help young people learn and develop skills in engineering, design, technology and manufacturing.