Year 5 STEAM Day

Nearly one hundred and thirty Year 5 girls from around the district participated in a day of STEAM activities today. It was a fabulous day of fun and learning as the girls immersed themselves in everything from digital art to coding Sphero devices. This was a wonderful way for the College to contribute to the promotion of STEAM or STEM learning for girls as well as showcase the great learning that happens inside our College every day.

There were five workshops happening during the day from which the students chose one as their preferred option. Due to a limit on numbers for various activities not all students got their first choice. Despite this at the end of the day all enjoyed the challenges they faced in the workshop they attended.

UNSW was a major contributor to the day with Robogals, Engineers Without Borders and Sunsprint all running workshops. The other two workshops, Digital Art and Space Flashbuild were run by College staff. Each workshop required the students to use skills relating to some or all of the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths fields.

The Robogals team had the students programming the Lego robots in a ‘Sumo Battle’. This was a lot of fun as students created a program that would knock their opponent out of the allocated space.

 

Engineers Without Borders posed two ‘real-world’ problems to their group. The first was around ‘creating a wind turbine’ while the second involved designing a house that would float. Both problems were related to issues facing third-world nations.

 

The Sunsprint activity was a real challenge for the students as they had to build their own solar car. They were given the components and in teams had to work out the best way to put everything together. They spent a lot of time talking about solar energy and the need to create sustainable energy sources. Using light meters they checked how effective the solar panels were in various light levels before then exploring the wiring options available. So much great learning! Once the cars were put together it was off to the track to race!

 

Our digital artists were busy creating their own digital self portrait on the iPads. They were led through the process by our Year 10 Visual Art class. The students took a photo of themselves to use as a guide then using the Brushes Redux app they went about creating their own digital image. It was fascinating to see how these images develop using the app and the various brushes available.

 

Finally our Space Flashbuild was a great success. Run by Miss Ruan and Miss Steele the group was divided into two missions, Mars and the Moon. From there each mission consisted of three teams of five students who were allocated specific tasks to complete. Being a Flashbuild means there is little time to waste and both teams did an amazing job.

 

More highlights from the day will be posted over the coming week.