During the first week of July, we got involved in all things STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) and what an amazing week it was! There was a real buzz across the school as our learners got busy planting, questioning, testing, designing, constructing and problem solving. We clearly have a school full of scientists, film animators, architects and engineers! Projects ranged from designing and constructing wind powered lifts to making models of buildings and vehicles; some of our children even made their own animated films in the style of ‘Wallace and Gromit’!
During STEM week we enjoyed exploring each aspect that forms STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. We focused on a different aspect each day. In ‘S’ for science we conducted a sink or float experiment, using predictions and recording results. In ‘T’ for technology we made our very own stop motion videos on the iPads. In ‘E’ for engineering we had a competition to build the tallest tower with cocktail sticks and jelly beans. In ‘M’ for maths we used familiar shapes to create tessellated patterns on the chromebooks.
Year 2 listened to the story ‘Whatever Next’. We designed a new vehicle for Baby Bear to travel into space on. We then made our models. We wrote a letter to Baby Bear to persuade him to choose our vehicle. After that we evaluated our vehicles and made improvements.
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We spent time investigating circuits. They made circuits with buzzers, lights and fans! They then used their engineering skills to build the tallest and strongest structures using paper and sellotape. Finally, we investigated seeds before planting our own.
Team Humber have had a brilliant week, harnessing the power of the wind to create working lifts and becoming problem-solving engineers along the way!
Please have a look at the photos to see what else we got up to during STEM week.