STEM Punks invited 8 schools in the SEQ region – each team had 4-6 students, the students were given the task of what to build on the day, all students used the same equipment (provided by STEM Punks) to ensure equality.
Six girls from Year 5 & 6 competed in STEM Punk’s Minecraft competition in Ipswich. The girls spent the month prior to the competition, during lunch time on Tuesdays, to work through the design thinking process in tackling a challenge to design and create a solution to a ‘kick off’ issue/problem in Minecraft. The girls did very well and received positive feedback from the judges. They did not make the finals; however, they gained so much experience in teamwork, collaborating and communicating and then watched other teams present their solutions.
Between events and after the finals the girls thoroughly enjoyed the many hands-on activities in the World Science Festival which was present. The girls launched rockets, became immersed in virtual worlds to ‘walk a plank on a skyscraper’, hold spiders and a scorpion, create using 3D pens and augmented reality and well as designing and making a carrier for a zipline!
Overall, it was a fabulous day with many learning opportunities.