Can we power the new Island School campus with wind or solar power? How would a Mars rover cope with different substrates? These are just some of the questions that the Year 12 students have been investigating during the G4 Project which this year had the theme of “Eco-STEM”.
The G4 Project brings together students studying all G4 subjects, including; Computer Science, Design Technology, Sport Exercise and Health as well as the traditional Sciences. Over two days students work in interdisciplinary teams and collaborate on tasks that may well lie outside their own specialisms and discover how their different areas of expertise can enhance a project. Students develop their own focused research questions, plan and develop their methodology, conduct experiments, analyse their results before presenting their conclusions.
This culminates in an exposition and students peer assess each other’s work. Teachers and technicians also vote for the team that has demonstrated the best collaboration and produced the most insightful outcomes.
Congratulations to Team A1 for winning the first place with their topic ‘To what extend can Island School be powered by solar energy?’
Head of Science Ms Jo Burgon said: “The G4 project is an excellent opportunity for our students to collaborate in an open-ended investigation. This year, I’ve been particularly impressed with the standard of Science, as well as student collaboration, engagement and creativity. The students have really embraced the whole process, making the most of this opportunity for interdisciplinary learning.”