In April 2015 an earthquake struck Nepal another followed in May. Both earthquakes badly affected the AOG School in India (which we have strong links with) destroying classrooms, we knew we wanted to help. We raised funds during My Money Week to help the school, but what we really wanted to know was how to build a safer school?
Year 2 began an Earthquake science project. The children wanted to know 'What happens when there is an earthquake?' This is how we got involved in this exciting project which we hope will result in the children achieving a 'Young Leaders Award', organised by STEM.
As part of a homework task the children researched earthquakes and made some interesting booklets about their findings. They conducted experiments replicating the effects of eathquake movements upon a variety of objects.
Following on from this the children applied to STEM asking to be considered for the Young Leaders Award. Letters were written to explain the reasons why they should be considered. They were also obliged to interview an engineer who would assist them in answering the question 'If you were an engineer for the AOG School what would you change?'
We were very fortunate that Professor Peter Guthrie (a professor for Sustainable Development at Cambridge University) and his colleague Kristen MacAskill (an engineer finishing her PHD at Cambridge University who worked in the recovery operation in the Christchuch 2010/11 earthquakes) agreed to be interviewed.
The question and answer sessions that followed were very interesting, informative and thought provoking. Please click on the play buttons below to listen to a few video clips of the discussions.
We would like to say a huge to Peter and Kristen for their time and for sharing so much of their expertise in this field.
After completing detailed reports to send off to STEM we now have our fingers crossed for a successful outcome!
CONGRATULATIONS! All of Year 2 receive their 'STEM Primary Leaders Awards', what a wonderful end to the year.