Friday 25th August 2017
Future rocket scientists reach for the stars at college summer school
Year 6 children from Scunthorpe and Doncaster have been building skills in science, technology, engineering and maths at the John Leggott College Summer School.
65 children took part in the programme overall, after being recommended by their current schools, and were split into two groups to attend college for one week each. The programme focussed on STEM-based subjects, as well as recreational activities to develop team-building skills and let off a bit of steam! Children had the opportunity to build and launch their own rockets, extract their DNA, make slime, create a drag-racing car, design a Rube Goldberg machine, design animations and much more. Each group also took part in a visit to Hull University, including a tour of the campus and facilities. The week is a great chance for the children to make new friends and develop confidence for their transition to secondary school in September.
The John Leggott College Summer School programme has been running for 17 years, with Summer School Co-Ordinator Cheryl Ellams being part of the programme for the past 8 years:
“I love being part of the Summer School, and making it a memorable experience for the children taking part. It’s great to see how much each pupil gets out of their week with us – they change from being nervous and quiet on the first day to happy, confident individuals by the last day!
“Summer School is a fantastic opportunity for the children to develop valuable life skills, make new friends in preparation for the next step in their educational journey, and experience the facilities and activities that John Leggott College offers. They all get fully involved in every activity, and are stretched and challenged by the team, so they are constantly learning whilst having lots of fun! They absolutely love it, and take away treasured memories.”
For a number of years, the Summer School has been supported by Dr David Egner of the Lincolnshire Iron and Steel Institute (LISI), which not only provides financial input to ensure the longevity of the programme, but also supplies some of their graduates to help with the annual rocket building challenge!
The children, although disappointed that the week is over so quickly, give incredibly positive feedback year-on-year, and 2017 is no exception. Comments such as “I’ve had a thoroughly awesome time” and “I wish school was like this all the time” make it a worthwhile venture to inspire young minds and hopefully prepare them for successful future study and STEM-based careers.