Year 6 KNex Engineering Workshop

Thursday 21 November 2019

On Wednesday 16 October, Year 6 pupils were involved in an engineering workshop called KNexions.

They were tasked with building a wind turbine out of KNex, which was required to be certain size and to produce as high a voltage as possible when put in front of a fan.

The girls were split into teams of 5. Each of the teams was mentored by a Senior School pupil, a member of the Young Engineers Club, who acted as a Project Manager for the team. The Year 6 pupils were given roles of either a Design Engineer or Construction Engineer and they worked together to build a turbine to the specified dimensions.

All of the teams completed the task successfully and the turbines from each team were tested.

We were pleased to welcome three STEM Ambassadors who assisted with the judging of the task -Richard Wagstaff, a Construction Manager from RES in Kings Langley, Ben Anrep, a retired IT professional and Grace Callard, an aerospace engineering graduate from the University of Hertfordshire.

The teams were judged on their teamwork, communication skills, how well they solved the problem and how the final design satisfied the design brief.

All of the pupils had a great time, learning a lot about engineering and electricity generation on the way.

The winning team was Team 3 – ‘The Wind Catcher’ – led by Isabelle in Year 10 with Amelia H, Olivia H, Finny, Megan and Elsa from Year 6.

Well done to all of the teams who took part.