Welcome to the SciTech Newsletter
I am pleased to welcome you to our first "Sci Tech" newsletter, focusing on the Science and Technology Area of Learning Experience. The impact of science and technology on our lives is all the more evident in this time of lockdown, when we are using devices more and more to stay connected with each other during distancing. Science will lead how and when we can safely come out of lockdown. This highlights the need for Dwr y Felin pupils to develop their skills, so that they can become the scientists and technologists of the future. As head teacher, I am extremely proud of all of the efforts pupils have made in innovating, creating and analysing, across a wide range of activities. I hope that you will enjoy reading about all of the DYF SciTech news from the first quarter of 2020.
Mrs P Peet, Headteacher
GCSE Food and Nutrition
Key stage 4 pupils studying Food and Nutrition produced a wonderful range of dishes for their practical exam. They showed a high level of effort, skill and commitment in producing the food for their final qualifications. If they tasted half as good as they looked, they must have been delicious! Well done to all of the pupils for producing such professional looking final products.
GCSE Graphics Work
Year 11 Graphics pupils had a busy term creating Advertisments as part of their mock exam work. Pupils used design software Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to create their work. The outcomes look very professional and we are very proud of their efforts, da iawn!
The Year 10 Computer Science class have been working with Technocamps based at Swansea University to improve their computing skills during INSET days. They have learnt a variety of skills such as creating websites in HTML, making games in Greenfoot, creating programs in Python and even how to build a computer! All these skills will be invaluable to the pupils as they prepare for their exams at the end of Year 11 and will help them towards achieving the best grades possible. Mr Gravelle and Mr Davies would like to say a huge well done to all the pupils that came in when they would usually be on INSET to get involved and thank Technocamps for working with us.
STEM News- Spring Term
Girls in STEM have also been given the chance to visit and interact with TATA steel completing a number of problem solving activities, with our year 8 team being victorious throughout the 2 day programme. In the future students will be able to visit and problem solve with SONY in Bridgend.
F1 in Schools
Through the term a group of 12 students was chosen to represent Dwr y Felin in the Formula One in Schools competition. This was a fantastic competition in which students used CAD programmes to design models of formula one cars to a strict criterion. These designs were then constructed using a 3D printer. Students then had to develop and create designs for a logo, livery, a team name and ethos. They then put together a portfolio journal to show their progress, highlighting their triumphs and problem solving abilities. DYF’s team competed against 32 other schools within the South Wales area by racing their cars. This culminated into a 5 minute presentation to professionals within the engineering setting where students had to demonstrate their understanding of aerodynamics and the procedure that they used from designing to construction to racing. Mr Rayson is extremely proud of the commitment and effort that the students put into this project, with all students eager to help mentor next year’s participants. Both groups from Dwr y Felin were able to finish in the top half of the competition, a triumph for our first year entering against what some would call seasoned professionals. This gives us a glimpse of the engineers, doctors or astronauts of the future!