Welcome to the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) at Altona Primary School. This year we are ensuring that STEM is visible and a part of the APS curriculum for staff and students.
STEM is based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach allowing students to apply their problem solving skills to real life scenarios.
STEM ensures that the students are embracing the passion and critical thinking of engineers, mathematicians and scientists of the future. It allows students to focus on developing their questioning skills and uses a great deal of critical and creative thinking to solve problems. They are able to connect their prior knowledge to new information and challenges.
Watch this space for STEM days @ APS and STEM activities within each year level!
Grade 4 STEM Day – Term 1, 2019
Linked with the Grade 4 Science and Inquiry unit all grade 4 students were involved in a challenge to re-create/or create their own famous landmark. Students had to design their own famous landmark, plan what materials they were going to use, draw a labelled diagram of their structure and then create a digital poster/brochure on their famous landmark.
Students were engaged in the challenge and worked collaborative in small teams. They followed an Engineering Design Process:
The Grade 5’s are focussing on States of Matter as part of their Science unit. We also linked this to our unit of graphing in Mathematics. Students participated in an experiment where they used a solid (bi card), a liquid (vinegar), to then make a gas. Students timed how long it took the balloon to inflate and also measured the diameter of the balloon. They then used the data they collected to create a variety of graphs.