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Gifted and Talented Day

On the 14
th November we hosted a Year 7/8 gifted and talented day for students from across Bury St Edmunds. We were overwhelmed by the response from the schools (each middle school in town was represented – not just our immediate trust). 72 students worked together on an engineering project that saw them planning and constructing a chain reaction using only the equipment given to them. They had to use five different scientific ideas within their sequence (such as pulleys, levers, electromagnets, chemical reactions etc) to snuff out a candle with the sequence beginning with a simple blow. It was astounding to see the variety of ideas that the students had and it was exciting to see how the students dealt with set backs and problems during the day. The adapted plans, amended constructions and solved problems as teams. Thank you to all the middle school staff that emailed me after the event with their comments – all had said that the students had gone back to school enthused and excited by the activity. The buzz that day was absolutely amazing – the smile on students when they actually got their sequences to work and the cries of ‘YES we did it!’ was something I will remember for a long time to come.