STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is so engaging for students in the primary years when each subject is integrated into ‘making’ activities. Students are learning through making, discovering, playing, exploring and along the way they make mistakes and have plenty of failures!
Over the last few terms students in Prep have had fun learning and ‘making’ STEM projects which addressed the Technologies curriculum.
Time to share some of them in a blog post…
Activity 1: Peg Puppets to perform a short puppet show. Animals mouths opened and closed with the use of the spring in the peg. A lever action, when the two prongs are pinched at the top of the peg, the prongs open up, and when released, the spring draws the two prongs shut.
Activity 4: Designed and built a bridge for Blue Bot to cross. The girls sorted the correct materials needed to build the ‘Three Little Pigs’ houses, then used Bee Bots to follow a route to the right house.
Activity 5: Worked with components to make a fan to blow different materials….’objects are made of materials that have observable properties’. They constructed the fan after looking closely at each component and its capabilities.
Preps addressed the DT curriculum ‘Follow, describe and represent a sequence of steps and decisions(algorithms) needed to solve a problem’ through: