Full STEAM Ahead!
2018 is the Year of Engineering so it seemed only fitting that this year’s Science Week would be transformed into a week of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) on the theme of ‘Building, Engineering and Construction’.
The week got off to a supersonic start as a team from Bloodhound Cars challenged pupils in Years 6-8 to build, test and develop the fastest air powered K’Nex Car. Our winning team of engineers were ‘T.M.A.J. Hilden Grange’ who won the honour of bearing their team name on the fin of the actual car as it targets 500mph in South Africa. http://www.bloodhoundssc.com/project/car
In lessons, Year 4 put their knowledge of Circuits into practice as they made simple motorised vehicles, and Year 6 made their own model Formula T cars to take home. In Puzzle Club with Mrs Richardson, Year 4 pupils made and tested Marble Run Rollercoasters.
Year 3 moved onto the water, working alongside Pre-Prep to build, test and modify their own sail boats and then, in line with their Science topic of Rocks & Soils, attempted to build earthquake resistant structures that could withstand being shaken on a jelly platform!
Year 5 who had been busy studying Space took to the air with their rocket building and Lunar Module projects before joining Years 3 and 4 for a workshop entitled ‘Bridges, Maths and Design’ organised by Architecture Workshops.
During the week each of the STEAM subjects set a Daily Brainteaser question.
A hugely popular Invention Competition also ran throughout the week. Amongst the best entries were a ‘Fluffinator’ machine designed to spruce up tired cuddly toys, an eco-friendly under-the-sea plastics recycling machine and a Robot Hairdresser containing all sorts of ideas to take the stress out of a child’s trip to the barbers. There was also a Human Fish Swimming Costume designed to camouflage divers and a working prototype of an Electronic Curtain Opener. The overall winner though, was for a Hilden Grange Kitbag Alarm system, designed to prevent PE kit from ever getting lost! A future ‘Dragon’s Den’ contestant maybe?
A Mind Missions Puzzle Workshop completed a very busy week of events that have hopefully brought out and developed the creative and problem solving abilities of all pupils from Nursery to Year 8 and who knows, maybe even inspired some individuals to consider a future career in Engineering?