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Year 9s take part in SPARK! Engineering Festival 2019

On Friday 3rd May, eleven Year 9s received the opportunity to visit Lincoln Cathedral for the SPARK! Festival which aimed to encourage young people to pursue STEM careers. Throughout the day, we participated in workshops and activities on behalf of Siemens, University of Lincoln and other organisations that introduced us to the concepts and application of engineering from the past, present and in the future. For example, we were challenged to program robots to follow certain routes, were taught the principles of flight and the reasoning behind the Magnus effect as well as participating in many more intriguing topics and activities. Being able to talk with specialists in their field has allowed us to consider the importance of engineering in the world and the surplus of interesting opportunities and solutions it offers. The day ended with a successful attempt to build a version of Tower Bridge out of K’nex which would be able to support a model car by using the concepts of a cable-stayed bridge we had learnt about during the day. Overall, it was an extremely engaging and inspiring experience that we all thoroughly enjoyed, making it the ideal way to end the week.