Davison is passionate about STEAM – Science, Technology, Art, Engineering and Maths – regularly participating in competitions, including the UK Intermediate and Junior Mathematical Challenges.
The science department has many distinctive features, including encouraging future doctors through their links with the BrightMed scheme run by the Brighton and Sussex Medical School.
STEAM enrichment opportunities for students enable young women of the future to gain the real-world skills required to become confident and capable scientists and engineers. From the engineering club building and racing their very own Endurance Greenpower Formula 24 race car, to winning the Youth Grand Challenge run by the British Science Association and sponsored by the Bill and Melina Gates Foundation, Davison students show at every turn a drive to excel in STEAM related activities.
The Science department also boasts excellent industry links with local businesses and Higher Education establishments allowing students to meet inspirational role models and STEM Ambassadors.
Students took part in educational visits to Ricardo, the MACH Industry Showcase, the Big Bang at the Birmingham NEC, Big Bang South East, Sussex University, Goodwood Motor Circuit, Dunsfold Aerodrome and the AMEX Stadium to see where STEM careers can take them.
Business links are valued throughout the school, 20 local companies showcased at the recent KS4 employability market place, held for students in year 10. Davison Young Enterprise, have been the Sussex Champions three years running.
STEAM@ Davison – Seas, Shoots and Shores Science and Art project
Last year the Art and Science departments were offered the opportunity to take part in a STEAM Art Photography project. The project used creative learning to explore issues around marine conservation and plastics pollution. In partnership with STEM Sussex, the Marine Conservation Society and a team of experienced photography facilitators and scientists.
Staff from the Science and Art department attended twilight training sessions with teachers from five other west Sussex schools led by the photographer Annis Joslin where we were able to share resources and ideas of delivering the project before they were presented to classes at school.
We were fortunate to have the expertise of the photographer Elizabeth Doak who introduced the pupils to techniques of studio photography as well as learning about cyanotypes.