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BCoT STEM Competition winners

Posted on: March 20th 2019

Stem NewsheaderAmery Hill School students have returned from the Basingstoke College of Technology STEM Technology competition as winners in the Years 7 to 9 category. The challenge was not revealed until the morning of the actual event and required students to design and construct a small motorised vehicle capable of travelling down a track to retrieve a magnetic weight using pulleys and levers.

Our teams quickly got to work and had a great time building and testing their vehicles and pulley systems. The students were assessed on their design concepts, presentation to the judges, as well as demonstrating the performance of the vehicles they had constructed.  The judging panel, comprised of several members of the Basingstoke Rotary Club, considered all aspects of the team’s work, including the effectiveness of the design and construction with a final trial competing against several other schools. The pressure was on but all of the Amery Hill teams performed magnificently and managed to complete the challenge.

Many congratulations to our Year 7 team who were awarded the winner’s trophy from the Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane, Cllr Sean Keating. A great result and a brilliant ending to a fun and educational day.

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Amery Hill School backs campaign #Laptops2Schools
Posted on: 18/03/2020

Amery Hill School backs campaign #Laptops2Schools

“Out of a disaster we can all do something to ensure students don’t suffer unnecessarily.” Those were the words of Ms Lindsey Parslow, chief executive of Business2Schools, which has this week launched a campaign to benefit school children and parents affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The aim of the Laptops2Schools initiative is to get businesses to donate laptops that school children can take home if the schools close or pupils have to self-isolate. Ms Parslow said: “If families have to self-isolate children will need to log into their school’s intranet to complete their lessons and homework. “Most families do not have enough computers for everyone in a household to have access at the same time. Priority will be given to the people in the family that are working. “This will be disastrous for education. Schools are so short of laptops anyway. So if businesses could help us it will mean teachers and children at home can have a laptop sent to them if they need it.” Alton based secondary school Amery Hill is supporting the campaign, having worked successfully with Business2Schools in the past. Headteacher, Mr Steve Mann said, “Self-isolation and imminent school closures are presenting parents, students and the education sector as a whole with unprecedented challenges.  Most schools are not in the position where they can provide spare laptops to students attempting to study remotely and the concern is that students from poorer families might become even more disadvantaged. Any help that businesses can provide to support this initiative will have a significant impact on the education of our young people.” Ms Parslow added: “If businesses can help by donating or by reaching out on social media we can get this off the ground very quickly. Time is not on our side if schools close.” So far, London-based company EFG Private Bank and ESRI UK, in Aylesbury, have donated £6,000 and 57 laptops respectively. Business2Schools is raising funds to afford hard drives and chargers, in case they do not come with the laptops. To donate, visit  Just Giving - click hereView Article