Science - Technology - Engineering - Maths

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths – CCHS STEM ROV Submarine

To enhance the STEM experiences of all of our students we will be welcoming numerous STEM Ambassadors throughout the year. Engineers and Designers from prominent technology companies will be talking about their work, advising students on career pathways into the technology sector and helping with our numerous STEM projects.
Our ongoing STEM activities have been enhanced this year with a brand new and very exciting yearlong project. A team of Year 10 and 11 STEM students will be constructing an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV); an unmanned submarine. Initially they plan to ‘fly’ the ROV in our swimming pool before venturing into open water. The ROV will be first tested close to the shore before being sent down to explore some small wrecks near Mistley.
Our CCHS STEM team have also linked up with Harwich Haven Authority and recently announced some very exciting news; the authority have provided the team with radar, ultrasound and geological scans of all the wrecks located off the Essex/Suffolk Coast along with a history of each wreck and their condition on the last inspection. They have also given permission for the CCHS STEM ROV team to fly over the wreck of HMS Amphion, an Active-class Scout cruiser which was the first Royal Navy ship of the First World War to be sunk, after it hit a mine seven miles off shore from Harwich on the 6th August 1914. The team hope to supply the Harwich Haven Authority and the Harwich Society with the first filmed images of the wreck since it was sunk.

STEM Links into Other Subjects

The ROV project is also much broader than just the STEM disciplines as the CCHS ROV activities will also link into History Geography and Geology. Students from across the school will be using the data provided by the Harwich Haven Authority to understand the history of HMS Amphion and then help plan the dive to the Royal Navy wreck. They will also be interpreting the data and images sent back to the surface. These exciting initiatives provide opportunities that are not normally available to students and we are extremely grateful to the providers.

The Bloodhound Super Sonic Car - INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERATION

The Bloodhound Super Sonic Car ProjectThe Bloodhound Super Sonic team aims to realise their dream of being the first car to break the 1000mph record next year in South Africa and are replicating their challenge, in miniature, with students across the world. The project is much larger than just breaking the land speed record, as the Bloodhound engineering adventure provides a once in a lifetime opportunity to help inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. Their their Bloodhound Super Sonic Car Education team visited us with their Guinness World Record Model Rocket Challenge, as they aim to produce the fastest ever rocket-powered model car. Students involved with our Science Clubs and the STEM subjects - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics from across all year groups, had the opportunity to design, build and race their very own rocket powered car with the opportunity of setting a new world record.
The Bloodhound Super Sonic Car Project
Allan Read and Peter Harrison, from the Bloodhound Team, masterminded the CCHS challenge whilst linking the relevance of the students’ tasks to the design of their Super Sonic Car throughout the build process. The two engineers also gave the students an insight into the planning that is being done around their record attempt, from the design process of the car through to the testing of the Typhoon Fighter Jet engine and solid rocket booster, that will hopefully power the car to over 1000mph in 55 seconds. Later in the day they ventured outside to fire the rocket cars along a 25 metre guide cable to measure how fast they travelled depending on their aerodynamic design.
The Bloodhound Super Sonic Car Project
The Bloodhound Project is unique when compared to other ground breaking engineering ventures, in that all the information about the research, design, build and testing of the car is being made available to teachers and students across the world, and of course to anyone that wishes to visit their website
The Bloodhound Super Sonic Car Project
The fastest cars of the day were made by Arjun Sureshbabu Year 9, and Wesley Laing Year 10, recording a joint top speed of 56 mph; they will now have their names added to the tail-fin of the Bloodhound SSC, which will be driven by Wing Commander, Andy Green across the Hakskeen Pan in South Africa next October.
Many thanks to Mrs Watson, part of our STEM Team, who helped coordinate the day. She commented on how much all the students had enjoyed making their cars and then being able to press the fire button launching it down the track. There was certainly a buzz around the testing area as each pair of cars was fired; everyone was fixed on the speed trap displays to see if a new fastest speed had been set. It was also fantastic to acknowledge the number of girls who took part in the day.

Formula 24+ CCHS Racing Team

Formula 24+ CCHS Racing Team
In 2015 we embarked on a new venture with the ‘CCHS Formula 24+ Racing Team’, sponsored by Comus Engineering Europe, based in Thorpe-le-Soken. The electric racing car gradually took shape as the Sixth Form STEM students worked tirelessly on its construction and testing. All their hard work culminated in an opportunity to race against other schools’ cars at the Rockingham Race Circuit. Last year a new team of students were tasked with making the car more aerodynamic, achieve better efficiency and obviously to go faster, at the same time! They have added more gearing and replaced numerous other components along with adding a new outer shell.
Formula 24+ CCHS Racing Team
In October our STEM team took the car back to Rockingham Race Circuit in Northamptonshire. The outing was purely an opportunity to test the modifications made to the car but, as the track day was actually the Institute of Engineering and Technology’s International Kit Car Final for Greenpower F24 and Silverline cars, the team were keen to achieve a place on the starting grid and be competitive during the race. They spent the morning testing the car, making adjustments and experimenting with different drivers before lining up on the grid. The team managed to complete 17 laps in the allotted 90-minute race time to finish 29th out of the 36 competing teams. They worked hard all day and even managed to record a new top speed of 34mph during the practice session with one of the lighter drivers, more than double the speed achieved by the previous STEM F24 team in 2015. Well done to the whole team and thanks to the staff who gave up their Saturday to enable the team to achieve some fantastic results!!

Nuffield Research Placements - Summer 2016

Nuffield Research PlacementsBased on their interest and aptitude in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) during Year 12, Scott Duller, Ben and Jamie Brooker, scooped three of the top summer engineering placements from the Nuffield Research Project. These talented students fended off numerous other grammar and private school students and came out on top of a pool of 250 applicants. Following several exciting activities, the project culminated in high-level study opportunities this summer. Scott travelled to Anglia Ruskin University to work on a Computer Programming and Web-design project whilst Jamie and Ben, also working with the Anglia Ruskin University, worked on a ground breaking project in conjunction with the European Space Agency. They worked on ‘Lunar Mission One’, an internationally funded mission to send a spacecraft to the moon. Once on the surface the spacecraft platform will drill down to a depth of at least 20 metres – several times further than drilled before and enable lunar rock that is 4.5 billion years old to be analysed. The boys spent their summer holiday examining hole stabilisation to help predict how the crust of the moon will behave as the hole is drilled. Scott, Jamie and Ben attended the Nuffield Research Projects Celebration Event at Anglia Ruskin University, in October, where they displayed their work and collected their Nuffield Research Gold CREST (CREativity in Science and Technology) Awards, gained through their placement. Jamie and Ben were approached by David Iron, who is behind the Lunar Mission One, as he would like copies of their ideas to assist with his project – what an accolade!
Nuffield Research Placements - Summer 2016

CCHS Promote 'Girls into Engineering' – Smallpeice Trust

We are fortunate to be one of fifteen specially selected schools from thousands nationally by the ‘Smallpeice Trust’ to help engage girls into studying STEM based subjects with the view to them becoming hooked on Engineering and go on to choose it as a career. The ‘Girls Engineering the Future’ project is supported by some leading engineering business partners including BAE Systems, Bentley Motors, Network Rail and Rolls-Royce.
During the 2015-2016 academic year twenty Year 10 girls worked on a year-long STEM project, based around renewable energy led by Bob Chatten, Senior Asset Engineer for Network Rail. They were set a challenge to design and construct a wind turbine that needed to hold a generator utilising just paper, card and wood. The girls completed the project by testing their turbines to measure the amount of power they were able to produce; they succeeded in generating enough current to power a TV. The girls also looked at power generation with magnets moving within a coil. This concept is used in wave turbines where the movement of water and the force of gravity enable electrical energy to be generated; later in the year they spent time looking at a solar pumping system.

Girls into Engineering – Outward Bound

Girls into Engineering – Outward Bound
Five of our 'Girls into Engineering' students benefited from an outward bound trip, fully funded by the ‘Smallpeice Trust’, in Aberdovey North West Wales. During their week away they accomplished various tasks working with girls from other schools, including a raft building exercise. Working together they then designed and built the raft so that would carry the whole group before then taking to the sea! Despite being tired, cold and wet they were resilient to the Girls into Engineering – Outward Boundtask and just carried on!
One night was spent at a mountain log cabin with no facilities, electricity or running water! The girls hiked to their overnight shelter carrying all the kit they needed before chopping firewood for a fire to cook their dinner. The following morning, they hiked a different way across steep slopes, snow and rocky areas, encouraging each other the whole time.
The girls had a fantastic time and represented the school in a really positive way. They came out of their shell and expressed their characters once they had gained confidence in the activities and the other students around them. They pushed themselves and all of them tried something new, including ‘swimming’ in the sea in February!
They worked extremely well with new people and gained friends which they are already in touch with. The girls maintained a focus on the ‘Girls Engineering the Future’ project benefiting with gained confidence in themselves and experience of some challenging tasks and conditions.

Clacton County High STEM students @ Warwick University

STEM @ Warwick University

Six talented STEM students attended a special residential course at Warwick University during the Easter break last year investigating Physics and Chemistry in Engineering, funded through our STEM partnership with the Smallpeice Trust. Our budding engineers worked with PhD students and experts in cutting edge science, learning how the University is working to produce safety equipment to be used by all of our rail networks. They also visited a diamond laboratory and were given a once in a lifetime opportunity to use the most expensive Electron microscope in the country enabling them to see a single atom.
They created and tested their own solar cell using pigments from fruit juices, extracted a chemical used in aspirin from willow bark and investigated which common food store has the potential for generating the most biofuel. To open their eyes and wet their appetite for studying Engineering, the students participated in talks presented by the university lecturers; one who has reduced the amount of fat in a chocolate bar without altering taste or texture by replacing it with micro gellies!
STEM @ Warwick UniversityOther lecturers from the National Nuclear Laboratory discussed their work on building a centrifuge, whilst other mechanics and engineers spoke about their work on the land speed record car ‘Bloodhound’ and their aim to reach 1000mph. The trip gave students a real insight into university style study and many of them are now considering studying the STEM subjects at university.
Two of our students, Jemma Mason and Leah Green, achieved perfect scores during their time at Warwick University, the only students to do so. Their outstanding achievement has been recognised by the Smallpeice Trust who have invited them to apply for a technical scholarship. This could support them through college with funding and support from engineering leaders from big UK companies, and potentially through university as well, if they so choose.