The STEAM fair was introduced by our Science club teachers :
"As educators, it is our job to prepare our 21st century learners for a world that is continuously changing. We want our students to be inquirers, problem solvers and creative thinkers. We also want our students to realise that they have the power to create change. In order to support their ability to deal with the changing world, we need our students to think critically about the knowledge they gain and think, “Now what? How can I use the knowledge that I have to make an impact on the world?”
This year’s Saigon STEAM Fair focus is on exactly that.
Pun Siripun, a Year 7 Science club enthusiast and STEAM thinker tells us more about his team’s project:
Preparing for an unknown future inspired us to think about how we could design, through investigations, a device that could make an impact on the world.
We were tasked to use the knowledge we gained through inquiry into a science concept to make a difference. Our project was to have the potential to solve a real world problem.
Our team was a cross campus team with students from An Phu Primary and Secondary campuses. Our project was to explore through investigation a scientific concept then design, and build a device that could convert heat energy into electrical energy effectively and efficiently.
We decided to work on this project because a whopping 1.2 billion people cannot easily access electrical energy worldwide – a serious global issue that we were interested in exploring a solution for.
Here’s the Science…
We designed a circuit that benefitted from the Peltier effect where heat energy causes an electric current to flow across a junction between two metals sandwiched together. When one side gets hot and the other cool it creates a small amount of electricity. When we added a toroid to our circuit to boost the power produced by the Peltier device the original voltage output of 5v was converted to 12v.
This was high enough to charge a mobile phone effectively and quickly.
The team’s project was well received by the judges at the STEAM Fair and despite their young age in the Under 15 competition they were awarded a trophy.
Congratulations to all the students that took part in the STEAM Fair from our Practical Science Club – they were a credit to the strong STEAM thinking at BIS HCMC!
Dr Suzanne Mincher, Science Teacher