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Lichfield students construct models from marshmallows and spaghetti to mark British Science Week

A Lichfield school celebrated British Science Week by setting its pupils an architectural challenge with a sticky twist.

Children aged three to 10 at Lichfield Cathedral Junior School, based in Longdon, were tasked with creating a construction model inspired by their favourite building using only marshmallows and spaghetti.

Lichfield Cathedral Junior School’s Julie Peters and Laura Rack with students Mei-Li Woo, Carter Chatting, Anne- Marie Kaguramamba and Sebastian Shinebaum
Lichfield Cathedral Junior School’s Julie Peters and Laura Rack with students Mei-Li Woo, Carter Chatting, Anne- Marie Kaguramamba and Sebastian Shinebaum

The challenge put the pupils’ science, technology, engineering and maths skills, known as STEM, to the test. 

The youngsters fully embraced the challenge, drawing on observational curiosity, creative problem-solving and teamwork skills, to create a host of eye-catching structures.

They included Big Ben and the London Eye, Paris’ Eiffel Tower, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and the Egyptian pyramids.

The school’s science lead, Julie Peters, said: “Lichfield Cathedral School is passionate about promoting STEM activities to young children and inspiring all pupils, from nursery age upwards, to take part in collaborative activities, like the spaghetti challenge.

“This challenge was an engineering mission to investigate strength, stability, analytical and observational skills, all of which help to develop a scientific mind.

“It was a delight to see their masterpieces coming together and the children working collaboratively to explore and become independent enquirers.”

The construction challenge ran alongside British Science Week, during which time the children improved their knowledge of all things STEM and was sponsored by Lichfield’s Entertainer store. The winning pupils received a super Geomag magnetic construction toy.

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