The sciences are popular A Level subjects with many students choosing science-based courses at university and Great Baddow High School promote many vocational and enrichment opportunities, including STEM projects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to enrich learning experiences.
Working closely with large multinational companies such as Ford, Bertrandt and BAE Systems and maximising opportunities to get involved with national events such as The UK Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge and the Big Bang Young Scientists and Engineering Fair, Great Baddow High School are looking to develop the scientists of the future.
STEM projects (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) are all run on a regular basis where students work with members of a large multi-national or local organisation over a period of time to produce a project.
First Lego League
A group of more able Year 9 students are involved in the ‘First Lego League’.
By entering a team in this international competition we are able to stretch and challenge our students by engaging them with real-world scenarios and developing their problem-solving skills and ability to work as a team. Hopefully many of them will be inspired to follow a career in engineering after this experience.
British Science Week
The school celebrates British Science Week each year with a number of different activities.
The activities include:
- Inter-house poetry competitions, poster competitions and quizzes (STEM).
- Author visit in the library for students and local Primary schools.
- Annual trip to the Big Bang Fair.
World Space Week
Great Baddow High School looks forward to the annual World Space Week with a variety of activities and themed assemblies. Activities have included model building, stories and space themed posters.
Sixth Form Physics students volunteer at the annual PhysicsFest event in the Autumn, hosted by Great Baddow High School and organised by the Institute of Physics.
A Level visit to the radiotherapy department at UCLH in London
At the end of January our A Level physicists visit the radiotherapy department at UCLH in London. The trip gives them the opportunity to learn more about medical uses of physics, giving them a better understanding of the topic and hopefully inspiring some to choose careers in that area.
Anglia Ruskin University Event
In February, all Sixth Form students interested in careers in health care or social care attend an event jointly run by Anglia Ruskin University and Essex Employment and Skills Board. They learn more about the type of careers available and have a chance to network, hopefully providing inspiration and opportunities for the future.
Bloodhound Rocket Car Challenge.
Students regularly enter the Bloodhound Rocket Car Challenge where they are tasked to design, build, test and race a model car.
UKAYRoC build a rocket competition.
Students design, build and test a rocket to see how high it can go! GBHS have experienced a lot of success in this competition in the past.
Bridge building competition.
Another competition in which we have experienced success in the past, a group design and build a bridge with limited resources, the aim being to use their physics and engineering knowledge to make the bridge as strong as possible.