Because it’s the season of freezing cold weather, the students were challenged to design and create an educational game which could be played indoors in the warm. The criteria was set: the game needed to be for 2 or more players; it had to have a science theme or teach people about an aspect of science; they could only use the box of materials provided and, as with all STEAM projects, the finished product had to look good.
After being introduced to the challenge, the students spent 20 minutes independently thinking, designing, doodling, planning and generally cogitating. They then met the others in their group and decided which plan had the most potential to fulfil the criteria. Then the groups made a prototype of their chosen game, evaluating, playing, testing and tweaking as they went!
Overall, it was a super afternoon where the children were challenged and had the opportunity of working collaboratively with students from other year groups. Together, some great games were created, including some about general science, a couple about environmental awareness and there was even one about the periodic table! Well done to all involved!