AN ANDOVER school group held a week-long event earlier this month to celebrate STEM subject (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

From July 4 to 8, children at Balksbury Federation had the opportunity to see the many wonders of STEM through building projects that included building Wigglebots (lively robots brought to live by motors) to design wallpaper, building wind turbines and even designing airports of the future. With lots of questions to be answered and plenty of problem solving to be had across the five days, the end of the week saw a chance to showcase projects.

Katy Thompson, executive headteacher, said: "It has been an amazing week, and we have been so fortunate to be supported by Stannah who have dedicated a team across the week to inspire our children about engineering."

The schools were also lucky to be supported by the Civil Aviation Authority which inspired children to study Maths to open doors to many aviation careers, and local scientists with a wealth of knowledge to give.

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On the day of the Fayre, all projects were showcased alongside key STEM figures that had been studied across the week and were viewed by more than 700 parents and grandparents. Visitors were also able to see demonstrations of the federation Virtual Reality Headsets, and even how to make music using a banana piano.

The school thanked Cool Components for all their help and for supporting the week, Tilney Estate which brought along one of their oversized tractors that demonstrated the use of GPS to map out where all the estate tractors are, and Stannah which brought in their green car – there was something for everybody.

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With science museum tickets and robots to be won, the federation ran competitions for both children and families, and were overrun with entries showing a whole host of science and technology projects.

The Fayre was a huge success and showed how Balksbury Federation ensures that children who attend the Infant and Junior Schools gain a wealth of educational experiences.

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