Learning by Making!

STEMies Club is a weekly afternoon activity for girls to come and enjoy the ‘Makerspace’ by creating, building, playing and ‘making’, using the tools and equipment available.

Girls this term had the opportunity to develop skills following instructions both written and visual to build cardboard mechanical Kinetikits.

The kits encourage a myriad of skills that are highlighted in A.C.A.R.A. as being of vital importance and support the curriculum. The kits allowed the students to discuss the instructions, understand the language and illustrations, to complete each stage of building and understand circuitry.

It promoted fantastic conversations and led to creative and critical thinking with plenty of problem solving.

Girls worked together to; built and paint all-terrain bugs which presented problems they had to solve! Zoetropes, adding decorations to personalise! Theatres with scenes and scripts ready for filming, Cars that had solar panels, which could be used instead of the electric circuit and a motorised model of the moon orbiting the earth.

The look on the girls’ faces when they finally had a working, moving, finished product was priceless!

 

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Jackie Child
Jackie Child has been teaching primary aged students for 40 years in a number of countries. She is passionate about how children learn through constructivist pedagogy. She is a Teacher Librarian at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School and a sessional tutor at Griffith University for pre-service teachers. Jackie doesn’t believe in standing still, there is always plenty to ‘do’ and learn!

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