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STEM in action for Year 5

29 September 2017

Year 5 pupils visited the Land Rover factory in Solihull for their first trip of the year. The girls started the day looking around the factory and learning about how the vehicles are made. They saw how the robots spot weld the metal panels together to form a ‘body in white’ before the spray painting process can begin. The cars then move into ‘trim and final’ where they add the wheels, trim, engine and seats. Did you know that there are 3,722 rivets in each car?

In the afternoon, the girls learnt how to program traffic lights, changing the sequence, duration and sound of the lights. They then progressed onto moving an accompanying car at the appropriate speed for each phase.

The session ended with pupils building Lego cars to a given design as quickly as they could in teams. Through this the girls appreciated how forming a production line could dramatically speed up the process, as in the factory.

Year 5 had an excellent time at Land Rover and learnt many fascinating facts. We are now ready to write our onomatopoeic poems based on the noises heard in the factory and begin coding sessions in I.C.T.

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