On Friday 17th February, eighteen Year 9 students visited the University of Wolverhampton for a Mechanics Day.
Students took part in three practical activities that used mechanics and maths in a real world context. By far the most popular activity of the day was siege engineering, where students made their own trebuchet. Students were really invested in the activity, and even Mrs Butler was getting competitive, when four of our boys were the first group of the day to knock down a wall using a trebuchet that they had fine-tuned using mathematics.
The day was closed with an interactive lecture from Dr Hugh Hunt from the University of Cambridge. Dr Hunt demonstrated the gyroscopic effect using a bike tyre and flew boomerangs around the lecture theatre, allowing students to see how mathematics works in the real world.