Another week, another wonderful array of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) projects to marvel over.
Years 3 to 8 have been busy submitting entries for their STEAM projects, choosing from a wide range of activities and enhancing their independent learner skills. From each project’s spice rating, pupils choose the level of difficulty they would like to challenge themselves with. Each project is based around a theme, and submissions can even be ideas that the pupils have created themselves, based upon their selected theme.
We have seen some excellent projects on the theme of ‘Animals and Humans’ in Years 5 and 6. Combining their knowledge of nutrition and states of matter from their science lessons, pupils have learnt how to make ice cream using ice and salt to lower the temperature of some yummy ingredients, making a tasty treat in minutes. Culinary delights have been a popular choice, with some pupils experimenting with cakes, sausage rolls and quiches, to learn about coagulation and flavour pairing. Olivia even made a giant cupcake, with many different layers of different flavoured sponge cake. Physics and maths skills have also been put to the test as pupils tried their ‘hand’ at creating a robotic hand.
In Years 3 and 4, pupils have been working on the theme of ‘our planet,’ which has produced some excellent projects. Pupils have been learning how soil and the Earth’s crust is structured, while making edible models of the different soil layers, or finding out what their garden soil is comprised of, via separation experiments. Crafting with Paper Mache and paint, pupils have been creating their own globes, ready to label and learn about the different countries and oceans, among other fascinating facts. Seeds have been planted and have started to grow and some pupils have started a ‘Sunflower off’ competition, to see who can grow the tallest sunflower utilising their expert knowledge on what can contribute to a plant’s growth. Amazing engineering feats, such as recreations of the seven wonders of the world, have featured in the submissions, made from Lego, or recycled items.
Meanwhile, Years 7 and 8 have been exploring this week’s theme of ‘light and sound.’ Some of the pupils have enjoyed creating exciting docking stations and speakers for their MP3 and 4 players, learning about amplification and sound wave technology. Pupils have been testing their sequencing and probability skills, to enable them to light up traffic light systems, testing their tenacity and drive to succeed, using a combination of maths skills and computer programming.
Alex created his own mini golf course in the garden, using a range of different recycled items and some clever engineered design work. Dabbling in a little chromatography and discovering how we see colour, a ‘walking rainbow’ has been a popular experiment for some. Rahin impressed his teachers, showing us how he had tested his new solar powered car.
Beautiful artwork has been sent in, in the form of sculptures, paintings, drawings and even Skittle dissolving experiment art, to complement the projects that have been created across all year groups. From beautiful safari scenes, exploring animals in their natural safari habitat and experimenting with moonlit scenes, made into stunning creations using pastels, our pupils have most definitely risen to the challenge and continue to excel across the STEAM subjects.