Alebrijes are Sculptures of Fantastical Spirit creatures that originate from Mexico. They are very famous, but surprisingly as yet have not been developed into the wooden common slot together 3D puzzles you find on the market...until now that it! Students have been given the task to research, design, model and make their very own BVIS themed slot together with Alebrijes. Students will then over the year develop their chosen product into a fully packaged and marketable product. Students have already had an insight into the business world with the support of the BVIS Business Department along with a presentation by the Science department on the importance of understanding the physics and specifically of centre of gravity in order to make their models stand up unsupported.
The next stage will be to convert their cardboard models into CAD (Computer Aided Design) models so that we can then laser cut the designs to manufacture them to the desired quantity and quality. Watch this space….
STEAM CHALLENGE IN PRIMARY
Our approach to STEAM learning at BVIS helps children explore multifaceted challenges through fun and engaging hands-on activities that have hidden depths that can be explored regardless of your age. Especially as many of these challenges are based on real world problems that we are currently facing globally.
No single person can change the world, but if enough talented minds are put together to solve problems – if we share knowledge, and exchange ideas with one another – then seemingly incremental progress can gradually transform into great leaps.
Take the latest Build an Island Challenge for example. This challenge is based around the theme that our homes, here in HCMC, are constantly flooding and in the not-too-distant future could become unhabitual, especially if we don’t do something about it. This challenge has instantly recognisable links with Global Warming, but on other levels this challenge links within the topics being taught within student lessons (Year 5 – Migration/Climate Control / Year 2 Transport / Year 1 Buildings), along with embedding the other NAE themes such as the UN Global Goals and MIT “Extreme Weather” challenges.