HS2 Stem Day organised by Smallpeice Trust

HS2 Stem Day organised by Smallpeice Trust

Year 8 pupils take part in an HS2 Stem day.

Stations of the future - Stations of the Future is a team-based design-and-present activity where students competed to design a futuristic train station considering future trends and the needs of all customers. Each team of four students produced a plan for their station, presented as a top-down map view, drawn on an A2 piece of paper. Each member of the team had a different real-life job role within the team and was responsible for the associated aspects of the design. At the end of the activity students presented their designs to the rest of the group

Tunnel Building  -  In this activity students designed, constructed and tested a supporting structure for a cut and cover tunnel. Each team of four students aimed to build a structure that meets three tests:

  • that it spans the full 400mm distance between the tunnel entrances of the testing jig.
  • that the train can fit through it.
  • that it can withstand the ‘ground pressure’ of the weighted testing bag being put on top of it.

Each structure will be weighed before testing, and the lightest structure that passes all three tests will be the winner





Pupil Feedback on the day

“I have really enjoyed it and I found it fun especially the problem solving”

“I enjoyed building the station of the future”

“I enjoyed building the different structures and using my skills”

“I have enjoyed working with my friends in a group and using my team work skills”

“I have really enjoyed working with my team, and using our skills to build a bridge”

“I have enjoyed working with the apprentice from HS2 and using our skills as a team to build a bridge”

“I have really enjoyed the whole day but especially working as a team and our perseverance working together to solve a problem when building the bridge to take the weight”

“I have enjoyed making the train station of the future, having fun and using the skillsbuilder skills”


HS2 Feedback on the day


It was a pleasure to deliver to the students at Hartshill Academy today. The quality of the work the student produced was extremely high, with their bridges exceeding our usual results in testing. The behaviour of the group was great and all student gave their full attention throughout the day.