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Autumn Term 2018
Friday 16th November 2018

CCHS STEM UpdateCCHS STEM Update

Our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) Team have been busy this term with students taking part in numerous activities.
Over the past nine weeks, seven upper school students have been busy building their own drone as part of the Raytheon UK Quadcopter Challenge 2018. Just before half term, the team made their second trip to Passmores Academy, in Harlow, to finish building their first quadcopter drone, which they successfully flew at the end of the day. The team have spent the past few weeks customising the CCHS drone to make it more robust, and have added their own design features, linking to this year’s ‘nature’ theme. Today the team will compete in the regional final at the John Warner School in Hoddesdon, where they will fly their quadcopter through an obstacle course and present their design to the judges, in a bid to win through to the national final in Birmingham, before Christmas. We will let you know the outcome!

CCHS STEM UpdateOur F24 Racing Car team have also been in action this term in the GreenPower International Kit Car Finals 2018, at the Rockingham Speedway in Northamptonshire. The team spent a day at the circuit setting up the car and taking part in general practise, before their big race against teams from around the world; including one team from Beijing! The team had a fantastic day and managed to finish in 22nd place out of 51 cars, clocking up an average speed of 17mph. Last week, the team were presented with their new race coveralls, kindly sponsored by Park Holidays UK, who own Seawick and St Osyth Beach Holiday Parks.

CCHS STEM UpdateRecently, a team of Year 8 students competed in the annual Faraday Challenge day led by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) and hosted at CCHS. Teams from the other Sigma Trust secondary schools competed against each other in the national competition entered by hundreds of other schools. The engineering-based competition is now in its 11th year and for the 2018/19 Faraday Challenge the IET have teamed up with the James Webb Space Telescope project. Teams of six students from across the country are competing to see who can design and create a device linked to the project – as teams are competing throughout the year, details about the challenge need to remain secret so not to give other teams an unfair advantage! During the Challenge Day, the teams worked on their designs producing their own design brief and an explanation of their ideas, along with the construction of a working prototype model. The day concluded with a presentation by each team, judged by the Faraday Trust co-ordinator who led the day. The winning team from the Harwich School, earnt themselves a position on the national league table and, at the end of the challenge next June, the top five teams will be invited to the national final held in July. Well done to our Year 8 STEM team who came second by just a single point!

Sixth Form go Pink for the DaySixth Form go Pink for the Day

Congratulations to our sixth form students who raised a whopping £200 during a special Pink and Purple day. They held a cake sale and dressed in pink or purple, with the money raised, split equally between Breast Cancer Research and a local boy who has Wiskott Aldrich Syndrome. Well done sixth form, a great effort for worthy causes.