Redland Green School

RGS Bristol

STEM Activity: Sustainability of the Olympic Park

On Tuesday, 20 March, the Science Department have arranged for Mike Vaughan from Atkins PLC to visit the school as part of National Science & Engineering Week. He will talk to Year 7 and Year 8 students about their involvement in developing the Olympic Park in London. Atkins are the official engineering design services provider to the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games and Mike Vaughan was responsible for designing the wetlands and river areas of the Park.  The presentation will look at sustainable development relating to the design & development of the Olympic Park, with a particular focus on wildlife and how the biodiversity of the area has been protected. 
In addition to this visit, Atkins are also supporting the school with resources and advice for a bridge designing project for Year 7 students. This project has been taking place in lessons and is based on both "design for use" and "sustainability of materials". Mike Vaughan will help to judge the entries when he visits next week. Students will be awarded marks for the size of the bridge and the weight it holds, along with extra marks for the fewer materials used to tie into the sustainability theme.