Tuesday, November 12
This term in Year 3 & 4 STEM Club the students have been exploring the Museum of the Mundane. The Museum of the Mundane allows student the opportunity to examine take apart an everyday item and to think critically about what it was made from, how it was made, and why it was made; and to make that thinking visible. The first task the students were tasked with was deconstructing a teabag. We did this as a whole STEM Club with each student being careful to remove staples, string, labels and tea leaves without making too much mess! Each part was closely looked at and then glued and labelled to a piece of paper. As a group we discussed how the teabag works, how they vary and what improvements could be made to it.
For their next Museum of the Mundane activity, students were placed in small groups and each group was given a toy that they had to take apart. There were tiny screws and speakers, dinosaur tails and eyeballs. Currently, Year 3 & $ STEM Club students are preparing their posters with all of their toy parts and will present them in a few weeks.- Miss L
In Year 5 & 6 STEM Club, to finish off the last 6 weeks of term before swimming begins, I thought it would be a nice idea to have students rotate around various STEM-based activities. The students were allowed to select an activity of interest to them that they would undertake for two weeks before rotating to another activity. A parent donated an old printer/fax machine a few years ago, so today that was set up as a station with some tool kits. Students were asked to carefully take it apart, examine the components and gain an understanding as to how the piece of equipment worked.
On another table, students were tasked with building something spectacular out of Lego. I know several of my students are keen Lego enthusiasts, especially after the popular TV show, Lego Masters, earlier this year. Students built cars and structures like treehouses. Additionally, two pairs of students worked with Dash robots completing different tasks. The first pair used the xylophone attachment and an iPad to create music, which the Dash could play. The second pair used the visual drag and drop programming tool, Blockly, on an iPad to get the Dash to follow instructions. They even made Dash dance!
Another student used Little Bits to investigate and build various circuits. He made a buzzer and followed instructions to make a ‘tickle machine’ (or motorised feather duster), whereby a feather was attached to the motor, and spins around. The last group of students used laptops to access TinkerCad, an online 3D modelling program, to design an object that they will later be able to print on the 3D printers.
- Miss Lorantas
Isla, Paige and Olivia have been working hard creating their game Rubbish Run. Their game is based on Monopoly, and the girls wanted to make the game players more aware of rubbish, recycling and protecting the envrionment. Their Chance
Toby, Liam and Damon have based their game on the alltime favourite, Checkers. Redesigning their game Plastic Checkers, the aim is to collect plastic tokens, such as plastic bottles and plastic bags. The checker pieces, as well as jumping over their opponents tokens, can also jump over plastic . The player who collects the most plastic throughout the game wins. The boys feel that their game teaches the players the value of recycling. The boys found trying to select a game and give it an environmental awareness spin the hardest asopect of the game making process. They found best thing about the game making process was painting the checkerboard. Next week we will be taking part in some game play to test our game designs! - Miss L