21st November 2018 — St Faith’s officially opened its new £2M STEM facility, named ‘The Hub’, on Friday 16th November. Designed to link all aspects of STEM education (Science, Maths, Computing, Engineering, Art and Design) in one large multi-functional space The Hub is a clear demonstration of our commitment to a future-focused education for 4-13 year olds.
The Hub was officially opened by Professor Lord Robert Mair CBE FREng FRS and Old Fidelian. Professor Mair has most recently been the President of the Institution of Civil Engineers and before that was the Sir Kirby Laing Professor of Civil Engineering at Cambridge University. He is a cross-party member of the House of Lords where he advises on the Science and Technology Committee. A unique ‘unveiling’ ceremony devised by Year 8 pupils saw a pulley system release a flying car, which whizzed across the width of The Hub to unleash a marble run, ultimately raising a curtain to reveal the commemorative plaque.
The Hub is already being put to excellent use for the greater community as well as for our own pupils. On Monday 12th November, St Faith’s organised and hosted the first national training course for senior managers and teachers to learn how to introduce and teach Engineering to the 7-13 age group. Mrs White, Deputy Head Academic, and Dr Hoyle, Head of Engineering, spoke to delegates about the principles behind the introduction of Engineering. Practical activities allowed the delegates to working in teams to attempt to engineer solutions to problems posed by Dr Hoyle and as such to experience Engineering lessons from the pupils’ point of view.