This term saw the culmination of the work of many Year 13 Eton scientists in the first annual EtonSTEM symposium.

Five groups, each presenting their extended research project, delivered wonderfully interesting talks which explored not only their mathematical explorations, experimental data, analysis of any results and potential real-world applications. Whether this was the potential of magnetic levitation for the HS2 rail, or maximizing altitudes and the aerodynamics of flying objects, each group provided a very different response to the broad field of STEM. The five projects demonstrating overall the utility of complementing studies in the classroom through this collaborative, extensive and independent experience.

Considering that each project was curtailed heavily due to the closure of the school last academic year, the quality of the presentations and dedication of the students suggests promising times ahead for the growth of STEM at Eton.

We would like to thank DWH and DMT for their continued support of EtonSTEM, and of the symposium. Without them this would very much not have been possible.

Project titles included:

  • Exploring the Mathematical, Computational, Design and Historical aspects of the Brachistochrone curve
  • The optimization of water rockets to maximize altitude
  • EES – Utilizing heat loss from compressors to save costs in the GSK factory