School children on the outskirts of Boston got to hurl cows and boulders as they tried to raise a mock castle wall to the ground last week as part of a science project with a difference.
Thirty, Year Six, pupils at Kirton Primary School were taking part in Junior Siege Engineers, a challenge organised by the Lincoln University Technical College (UTC).
The ten and eleven-year-old children were tasked with building a working Trebuchet with the aim of being the first to destroy a mock castle wall by launching toy animals and boulders at it!
" had a great time today!” beamed Lilly. “It took us quite a long time to get our ammunition, plastic cows, to fly towards to the castle wall but we didn’t give up and did it eventually! There were so many things to think about like the weight of rock used, the arm length and the ropes around the sling. "
Lincoln UTC, the city’s specialist Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) school, designed the Junior Siege Engineers challenge to engage primary school pupils and make them aware of how STEM subjects play a vital role in most areas of life.
The challenge was delivered by Lincoln UTC’s Vice Principal, Stuart Hamer and four Year 10 engineering students.
" We wanted to bring engineering to life in a fun way, which as well as providing primary school pupils with an enjoyable challenge might also sow some seeds for the future and will hopefully lead to one or two of these young medieval warriors pursuing a STEM career. Junior Siege Engineers has been designed with the national curriculum in mind and we have contacted lots of schools across Lincolnshire with the offer of laying siege during a half day of medieval warfare and learning! Kirton is the first school in Boston to take up the offer and I think they’ve had a great time and learnt a lot! "
At the end of a hard-fought campaign, in which all of the armies successfully raised their castle wall to the ground, the children posed for photos dressed as medieval soldiers.
Sam was engrossed in the project from start to finish. " I want to keep trying new ideas to make our catapult even better! " Sam excitedly told his teacher at the end of the session.
Lincoln University Technical College is planning to visit again next year with a completely different project; children will be designing and building robots they can program to complete a maze!
Opened in 2014 and based in an £8m learning facility, Lincoln UTC is a specialist college educating 14 to 18-year-olds in core subjects including Mathematics and English alongside specialist studies in Engineering and Science. Supported by the University of Lincoln, Siemens and a range of Lincolnshire businesses, up to 160 students are admitted into Year 10 and Year 12 each academic year.