For the past 4 weeks, the Year 2 students have been undertaking STEM investigations each week.
What is STEM? STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Each task integrates these 4 areas of the curriculum.
Pre-Test: The students in Year 2 had to draw and list features for each of the 4 fields. They then had 2 presentations from each expert in their field. At the end of the unit of work, the students will revisit their initial drawings and vocabulary to see if their knowledge about each area had improved.
Science – Vanessa Reali (Scientist)
Technology – Meredith Martell (Library Technician)
Engineering – Grant Symons (Telecommunications Engineer)
Mathematics – Duncan Symons (University of Melbourne Lecturer in Mathematics and Science)
Investigation 1: Making an Action Toy
Students looked at samples of toys that moved due to a push or a pull. Students were allowed to use split pins, card and scrap materials to design and make an action toy. There had to be a labelled diagram included in the design brief and reasons as to why the materials were chosen. Students were able to identify the push and pull features in the toy.
Investigation 2: The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch