New ‘STEM’ club a hit with pupils at Braunton Academy.

POTENTIAL scientists, engineers and experts of the future at Braunton Academy have been able to increase their know how thanks to a new after school club.

The STEM club (Science, Technology, engineering and Maths) has been set up with sponsorship from Wrafton based pharmaceutical company Perrigo.

It is a government and industry program aimed at getting students interested in careers in these areas, especially as the country does not have enough.

The club takes a hands-on approach to learning and students learn the importance of not giving up when things go wrong, but instead trying to figure out why something did not work.

So far a group of Year 8 students have been learning how single polar motors work using rare earth magnets, how maths can help us estimate/calculate the height reached by compressed air rockets, how to make injection moulded nose cones and what Capacitors and Solenoid switches do.

“These students are learning a huge amount of the physics and technology,” said principal David Sharratt.

“Many thanks to our staff for developing this superb after hours opportunity to our learners and to Perrigo for their sponsorship. “Our country needs science, technology, engineering and maths experts to build an innovative economy to create wealth for future generations.”