(Science - Technology - Engineering - Art - Mathematics)

British Science Week March 2020

S3 Pupil Activities

Workshop with class 

Run by Caleb Robson (S3), Dr Danioux, Mrs Holt, and Mr O'Connor

In this workshop, pupils took part in 2 activities involving Makey Makey input controllers.

The first activity involved measuring the time taken for a metal ball to cover a known distance on a slope. Time was measured in milliseconds using an online Timer app that was started and stopped via the Makey Makey spacebar control. Time to reach the end of the slope was recorded using varying start heights and the speed of the ball calculated on each run.

The second activity involved building and testing a game controller device with the Makey Makey connected to conductive controls made out of Play-Doh. Once assembled, pupils could try out their favourite online game to test that their game controller worked.

Workshop with class

Run by Caleb Robson (S3), Dr Danioux, Mrs Holt and Mr O'Connor

In this series of images, you can see Caleb Robson (S3) introducing the Game Controller activities to his S3 peers. Caleb created a Powerpoint explaining how to use the Make Makey and how the game controllers could be constructed. This was an excellent opportunity for pupil leadership and Caleb rose to the occasion with a fantastic explanation that enabled the S3 pupils to get on with making their custom-built game controllers.

Workshop with class

Run by Caleb Robson (S3), Dr Danioux, Mrs Holt and Mr O'Connor

In this series of images you can see more shots of our S3 pupils enjoying the Makey Makey technology. You can also see the Sphero robots being charged in their carrier, ready for use in our second workshop of the day.

Dr Steve Bunce of XMA led all of our S3 pupils through the programming of the Sphero robots using iPads. Pupils had to navigate the robots around and within a circuit, avoiding any obstacles en route. To mimic aspects of the concept of driverless cars, pupils also had to reverse park the Sphero between two wooden blocks without touching the edges. Not an easy task for the best of drivers!

A fabulous day was had by all S3 pupils who reported in our evaluation that they had very much enjoyed the activities of the day and recommended that Tynecastle High School repeats this event on an annual basis to allow all pupils the opportunity to take part – perhaps even starting from P6!


Breakdown of each stem subject



The intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.



The application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, especially in industry. "advances in computer technology" machinery and equipment developed from the application of scientific knowledge.



The branch of science and technology concerned with the design, building, and use of engines, machines, and structures.



The use of the imagination to express ideas or feelings, particularly in painting, drawing or sculpture. 

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The abstract science of number, quantity, and space, either as abstract concepts (pure mathematics), or as applied to other disciplines such as physics and engineering (applied mathematics).

Previous Events

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Maths Week Scotland

It's been a busy week here in Tynie Mathsland....
Maths Week Scotland 2019 opened for us on Monday with 4 students, accompanied by Ms McGill and Mr Chung taking part in the Enterprising Mathematics Competition in BT Murrayfield. Kai Kerlaff, Grace Lawther, Shafiur, Rahaman and Malek Zaid won the Swiss Round (the most difficult one) so huge congratulations to you all. The Swiss Superstars have done Tynecastle HS proud!

EES Jet-plane Engineering

The Engineering in Education Scheme group met with Engineers from ‘Leonardo Engineering ltd’ this week to be set a design brief as part of their inter school engineering competition.

Their Challenge is to Design and Prototype an object detection and tracking system like the ‘CAPTOR’ radar tracking system used in the most advanced fighter jet on the market, the Eurofighter Typhoon manufactured by Leonardo Engineering Ltd.

Wishing all the best to Wanhau (S6), Aisha (S5), Beth (S5), Molly (S5), Haider (S5) and Max (S5) as they begin this amazing project.

STEAM Digital Explorers Event

Two S1-S3 and S4-S6 pupil groups, comprising 42 pupils in total, attended the STE(A)M Digital Explorer’s event run by EDT at Easter Road Stadium.
For the full day, pupils worked in teams to first navigate an Ozobot around a series of obstacles and road markings using colour codes to generate a sequence of program instructions. Later, the groups looked at digital communications in the form of Morse Code, where they built home-grown LED ‘torches’ to encode and decode Morse signals. Ahead of the final session, pupils took part in a question and answer session with experts from the STEM sector who shared their career pathways which varied from healthcare to artificial intelligence.
Lastly, pupils unleashed creativity as they presented ideas (and in some cases, prototypes) on how any artefact of their choosing would be likely to evolve. Tynecastle High School were as imaginative as ever, ranging from bright ideas on edible dinnerware to colourful wearables, such as their voice activated and responsive iWatch necklaces.
Pupils had great fun at the event and returned to Tynecastle High School quite exhausted by what was a packed day of Digital Exploration. Well done to all who took part!

Tynecastle High School