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Full STEAM ahead as children embrace the MIT Challenge set by Professor Leia Stirling

07 November 2018

Last week has seen some extremely exciting learning opportunities for our students, during our first STEAM Week of the academic year.

  • Year 9 Wearable Devices in MIT Challenge
  • Year 9 STEAM Challenge
  • Micro-Bits with Year 3
  • STEAM Design and Build Workshop in 2RB
  • Full STEAM ahead as children embrace the MIT Challenge
  • STEAM Year 5 Flybrix Drone
  • Year 4 Were Absolutely Buzzing About STEAM Week
  • MIT STEAM Challenge Week Launch
  • Year 4 Were Absolutely Buzzing About STEAM Week
  • Micro-Bits with Year 3
  • Year 9 STEAM Challenge
  • Wearable Technology in Triathlons at 5AM
  • MIT STEAM Challenge Week Launch
  • STEAM Year 5 Flybrix Drone
  • STEAM Talk with Shweta Agarwala

There has been a real buzz around school as the children have worked hard to develop their learning powers of curiosity, creativity and problem solving (CCP). The first challenge set, Epic Identity, which is all about wearable technology, has really caught the imagination.

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 loved finding out about superheroes and built some impressive prototypes of wearable devices, using circuits which included fans and buzzers.  In Year 3, students discovered how to use Micro:bits and collected data using smart watches.  In Year 4, the students made gloves with conductive thread and tested their capabilities.  Year 5 students, inspired by the Singapore flying man (click here to watch), built mini drones and then programmed them. In Year 6, inspired by google glass, the students built prototypes of glasses with circuits that contained LEDs. Our Year 9s also experienced a tremendous day of learning and shared their innovative wearable devices with our Year 5s. 

We are fortunate to have a number of parents who offered to assist us with our challenge and we are grateful to Shweta Agarwala for inspiring our Year 9s with a fascinating talk about wearable technology, Brendon Chase for running a Design and Build workshop with 2RB, Simon Wise for sharing his expertise with 1SG and NFD and Simon Van Oortmerssen for talking to our Year 5s, about his smart watch data and how he uses it to enhance his performance.

We are already excited about next term’s STEAM challenge…Super Natural, which is about animal adaptions!

Richard Baines