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Reggie Yates surprises pupils with the Ultimate STEM lesson

Bredon Hill Academy, this year's Ultimate STEM Challenge winners, were awarded with a series of flight-themed activities

Posted by Lucinda Reid | October 09, 2017 | School life

Reggie Yates joined students of Bredon Hill Academy in Worcestershire as it was revealed they would be taking part in the Ultimate STEM Lesson.

This special one-off lesson was the students’ prize for winning this year’s Ultimate STEM Challenge competition, a national school science competition from the BP Educational Service, with the final held in March at London’s Science Museum.

The winning team’s Ultimate STEM Lesson saw them being whisked away to iFLY in Milton Keynes, an indoor skydiving centre, where they completed a series of flight-themed activities, before as part of a mission to understand the science of flight.

The winners were shocked and excited as it was announced that the students were going to look into the science of flight by having a go at flying themselves.
“It’s always great to see young people excited by science, so it’s fantastic to be able to reward the Ultimate STEM Challenge winners with an opportunity like the Ultimate STEM Lesson. Seeing these young people using their creativity and problem-solving skills to tackle a difficult science challenge is so inspiring,” said Reggie.

Back in March, Amelie, Hattie and Cathryn competed against schools from around the country, eventually winning the competition for their solution to a real-life engineering design challenge. The judges praised their entry for the innovative and creative way it took inspiration from the flying Draco lizard.

Sally Huntly, Head of Science at Bredon Hill Academy, added, “The girls worked so hard on their competition entry and have been talking about the final ever since they won! Today was a great way to celebrate their success - they really didn’t expect any of this, so it was a great surprise. The Ultimate STEM Challenge has given them a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, not just by winning but in understanding the excitement of STEM and seeing where it can take them in the future.”

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