Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Inspiring STEM from an Early Age. ADVERTISING FEATURE at Dame Allan's Schools We Build on the Strong History of Science, Engineering and Developing Technology in the North East

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Inspiring STEM from an Early Age. ADVERTISING FEATURE at Dame Allan's Schools We Build on the Strong History of Science, Engineering and Developing Technology in the North East

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The Schools were founded in 1705 by Dame Eleanor Allan and the Girls' School is believed to be one of the oldest in the country. We are proud to have had one of the first physics laboratories in Newcastle and Dame Allan's Schools maintain this innovative outlook today, continuing to invest in the future of our students and in our Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) facilities.

As the only set of schools in the region following the long-established Diamond Structure, Dame Allan's offer the benefits of single sex education combined with the social and cultural merits of a mixed sex environment to allow students to perform at their very best.

At the base of the diamond is the mixed sex Junior School and Nursery. From there, pupils move up to the single sex Boys' and Girls' Schools at secondary school age before all coming together at the tip of the diamond into the coeducational Sixth Form. Children in the Junior School and Nursery benefit from a practical curriculum which brings learning to life.

Outdoor classes in the 'Woodland Way' and in 'The Edge' yurt follow the exciting Skogsmulle programme, a Swedish educational initiative which centres on a fantasy figure who informs Early Years children about nature through play and song. This programme teaches the children to have a greater understanding of the science in our environment. For example, on woodland walks, the children are encouraged to talk about the finer details of the trees such as the changing colours of leaves and how some trees have needles and leaves.

Later on in their Junior School career, children take part in the Institution of Engineering and Technology's 'Greenpower Formula Goblin' project, which aims to inspire children to take an interest in engineering in a fun and innovative way. The project sees children build their own functioning and drivable electric car from a flat-packed kit. The car is built at the Junior School and tested at the Nissan Test Track in Sunderland. The project is a fun and educational way for the children to learn about friction, electricity, materials, maths and design technology. By exciting and informing pupils from an early age about STEM subjects, we inspire them to capitalise on the investment made to our provision in the Senior School such as the best modern technology. In 2015 we updated our Design Technology Centre, thanks to the generous support of the Reece Foundation which promotes the improvement of education in engineering, technology and related subjects. The centre is kitted out with exciting, state of the art equipment including 3D printers and sophisticated software which allows us to deliver projects involving design and realisation of products to students at all levels within our Schools. Students at our Senior Schools can get involved in our weekly Science Club and MedSoc as well as bridge building and car design projects. Year 7 students are encouraged to enter the Secondary Engineering Leaders Award and the Schools run regular events such as Girls in Tech and host Science Lectures from prominent leaders and academics in STEM. …

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