Our students’ three-month STEAM projects culminated last week with a wonderful celebration of all facets of scientific inquiry.
Over the course of the project, students formulated a hypothesis, devised an experiment to test their hypothesis, conducted research in English, wrote up their findings in an essay, and prepared a presentation for delivery during STEAM week. This step by step experience in how scientists work provided invaluable training for our students in time management, being organized and keeping track of sources, reflection, and the joy of discovery.
All of the students’ learning was showcased during STEAM week. Over the course of 5 days, students made their presentations to mixed-age student groups as well as to teachers; student audiences were required to write down what the presenters said and to ask good questions. During the week, we also heard from two professional scientists, both of whom work in the field of robotics and artificial intelligence. Students learned about how quickly progress is being made in these fields, and indeed, how scientists move forward in their own careers.
One of the highlights of the week was the Chair Challenge. Small teams were tasked with creating a chair entirely from cardboard—no other materials—strong enough to support an adult without breaking. At our final STEAM assembly, all the chairs were tested. Few survived, but we all enjoyed the show!
Thanks to the teacher STEAM team for organizing this great project and to our students for their hard work!