Recently the Education team from Techniquest, the ‘hands-on’ science museum based at Cardiff Bay, came into Barry Comprehensive School to work with three year 9 classes on skills based learning. The workshops, led by Techniquest staff, were highly interactive and focused on numeracy skills in real life situations, with the students applying number skills in order to solve problems and improve their own learning.
In the ‘Back Stage Challenge’ workshop, students were required to organise a series of concerts in castles across Wales, choosing the performing artists and calculating their costs. In the ‘Making Tracks’ workshop, students took the role of designers and engineers. Working in groups, the boys were given a design brief to follow and were required to produce a vehicle to the specifications given by a communications company. In the ‘Theme Park Challenge’ workshop, students worked in groups to design a new theme park. They prepared a business plan and identified their costs and sources of funding. Students then pitched their idea with the aim of winning the contract.
The workshops, which were part-funded by the European Social Fund, really captured students’ imaginations, but also encouraged them to see mathematics in a very creative light. The school would like to thank Techniquest for this learning experience. Many of our young people were engaged enough to aspire to a career there!