Extra Curricular

Extra Curricular

 

STEM Club

STEM club was started in November 2012 with the aim of raising the profile of science, technology engineering and maths at Malbank School and Sixth Form College..

A team of five year 10 students consisting of Jack Scott, Alex Leigh, Richard Carter-Smith, Sam Dawes and Nathan Spencer Hall entered the Toyota STEM challenge solar powered car category which is a national competition and has been running for over ten years. They had to produce a portfolio of designs and research into solar power, motors and drive systems. The team were successful in reaching the national Final at the National rail museum in York on the strength of their portfolio work. In the final they had to race their car over a distance of 8 metres which was electronically timed. They managed a superb time of 3.6 seconds despite a major technical issue with the drive system which was brought on by the intense heat generated by the lamps used to charge the solar system.  The team were rewarded by being given second runner up position. This was a superb achievement as most teams had been entering this competition for years. The winners entered every year for the past 8 years before securing first place!

 

Malbank School final vehicle design. The team decided upon the name Velocitatum Quadriga which translates roughly to "Speed Chariot"

 

  

 

   
  

The team from left to right, Sam Dawes,
Jack Scott, Nathan Spencer-Hall
, Alex Leigh, Richard Carter-Smith

  

Charging the capacitor with solar panels.

  

Jack Scott showing off the team logo

 

  
  

The race track

  

Ready to race!

 

 
  

The team presenting their design to the judges.