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Building bird boxes in Year 1

STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. The end results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process. These attributes will lead our BIS students to be the innovators, educators, leaders, and learners of the 21st century.

  • Year 1 STEAM Birdboxes - BIS HCMC
  • Year 1 STEAM Birdboxes - BIS HCMC
  • Year 1 STEAM Birdboxes - BIS HCMC
  • Year 1 STEAM Birdboxes - BIS HCMC
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  • STEAM in Year 1 - BIS HCMC

It is with the above in mind that over the past few weeks some of our Year 1 children began their “Live and Let Live” topic where they were set the task of how they could increase the number of birds around our local area. As with many real-world problems, the best solutions require the application of a variety of different subject disciplines and skills, and this project was no different.

The children were able to research and design a variety of different solutions to the problem with them settling on the idea of creating bird boxes. To support they have been visiting the Secondary Design and Technology Labs to put their ideas into practice.   They were given the opportunity to use different tools to join materials together to make their very own bird boxes.

The children started by using the drills and glue to assemble the carcass of the bird box and designed their own plaque to go on the front. They then returned after one week to complete their bird boxes bending acrylic, screwing their plywood carcass to the pine backboards and even using magnets to attach the roof. Throughout the whole experience, students were making choices and explaining why certain processes had to be used or why the design had to be solved in a certain way. For example: As bird boxes go outside how are they protected from the weather? What size should the hole be on the front of the box? Why should the roof be slanted? These are all questions that link different subjects together.   

Overall, it has been a wonderful experience for all our Year 1 children and they loved being able to use different equipment and tools to create something that they’d had an input into designing. They are looking forward to putting them up around their local area and school grounds and seeing which birds decide to visit!

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