What would it be like to live in space?
This was the question posed to the children at the start of the term, as they began their STEAM projects. Over the course of the last 6 weeks, the children have been using their skills of enquiry and collaboration to investigate a series of problems associated with this overarching question.
“How would we travel in space?” we asked the KS1 children.
So, they set about designing rockets. They investigated rocket shapes and performed experiments that enabled them to determine rocket features needed for space travel.
Next, they thought about how they would feed themselves if they lived on Mars. This was a great way to get them thinking about different substances plants need for growth. They developed space drinks and finally, they designed mini space restaurants.
In lower KS2, the children thought about how they would remain fit and healthy if they lived on Mars. They created fitness games, having to consider the difference in conditions compared with Earth, such as reduced forces of gravity and no available oxygen to breathe. They had to design the clothing the players would wear, accounting for the temperature differences and protection from a hostile environment. Once their ideas were formulated, they presented them using stop motion animation graphics.
“What would a home look like on Mars?” we asked Upper KS2 students.
One student set about calculating the surface area of Mars, compared to Earth. Having discovered that it was significantly smaller, he designed a home that would occupy a small space, so that all the inhabitants of Earth could be housed on the planet’s surface. The students had to think about alternative energy sources and lack of atmosphere when creating and then building their designs.
The exhibition of completed projects displayed by children of all ages at the end of last week, was evidence of the impressive depth of learning that had taken place and increased development of their skills in collaboration.