Our partnership with MIT is strengthening and this year our collaboration with the world’s leading university has led to our students being set a series of STEAM Challenges related to transportation and the environment.
- Challenge 1: Greener Skies, explores the increased demand for air travel and new plane designs.
- Challenge 2: Rethink, refuel, looks at alternative sources of fuels, like biofuels.
- Challenge 3: Street Smarts, investigates self-driving cars.
The first challenge, Greener Skies, has been attempted by Year 4. (The increased level of pollution facing our planet from the aviation industry is a global issue, especially as the number of passengers is set to double or even triple by 2050.)
The children enjoyed a tremendous week of activities. They started by exploring the reasons behind the growth in air travel and by making a timeline of aviation from the past and also of the future. They then designed, made and tested a range of paper aeroplanes and gliders made out of wood. Following this, they designed and created a prototype of what a future aeroplane could look like and how it would be powered. News of the challenge was distributed around the school by each Year 4 class, when they gave a presentation to classes from Years 1 to 6. They enjoyed sharing information about the new D8 aeroplane, which has been tested at MIT. Perhaps the highlight of the week was the remote control aircraft demonstration where the children were left open mouthed by the acrobatics in Cooper Hall!
Year 4 Teacher