In week five Woodford International School had its first STEM week. The purpose of STEM is to give students the opportunities to do hands-on activities that apply the knowledge and skills from the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. From Monday to Thursday in the lower school the students participated in different activities. The year four and year five classes experimented with adding weight to paper airplanes and observed the effects of weight placement on aerodynamics. The prep and year one classes experimented with balloons and used air pressure to power boats. The year two and year three classes developed catapults and balloon powered cars. In the high school students developed their own robots and investigated the human body and the environment. The ECE students did activities too, like the string telephone.
There were also activities at lunch. Mr. Lesley ran an experiment for the students to participate in and the students also experimented with using rubber bands to break open watermelons. On Friday afternoon the parents were invited to the school to see what the students had done with STEM and learn about the activities. We are looking forward to next year’s STEM week.
YEAR 2 and 3 STEM WEEK
Year 2 and 3 had a great STEM week, all of the students were getting involved and very enthusiastic about all the different activities.
Science- for this activity students learnt about buoyancy and density of water. They experimented with eggs water and salt finding out that the eggs sunk in normal water but floated in the salty water.
Technology- for this activity students were given Popsicle sticks, paper clips and rubber bands. They were told that they had to make an object move from the object. We then explained how they could make it and that it was called a catapult, they had a competition to see who could move objects such as counters and coins the furthest.
Engineering- students were given cardboard, bottle tops, straws, kebab sticks and a balloon. They were advised to make a car out of these objects using the balloon to power it. When they got this working students had car races with each other on Friday when people came to visit.
Mathematics- for this activity students were given cardboard and were asked to make robots out of 2D and 3D shapes. Topics that were being covered in both the year 2 and 3 math classes. They enjoyed showing their master pieces and using their creativity skills.
Middle School Science (STEM)
Friday the 13th of May was STEM Day. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Over the past few weeks the school was busy preparing their experiments and making their projects. On Friday we displayed our experiments in the A Block. The Middle School science group displayed their projects in A3. Third prize went to Mahdi, Ava, Mikaella, Rachael and Harrison. They did a smog and a lung poster and a demonstration. Second prize went to Jamie, Eros, Leo, Jacob and Charlie. They did a volcano demonstration. First prize went to Ann, Delencia, Leila and Audrey. They did an ecosystem diorama on the Marine life.
In robotics we were designing robots for STEM Week. Each robot was designed to perform a particular task. Every group designed their own unique robot. We used motors and sensors to make the robot move and detect objects. Once we had built the robot, Mr Rakesh helped us program them so that they would perform their particular task.
After STEM Week we continued to work on our robots so they could perform more complex tasks. We did things like adding gears to adjust the speed and strength or adding sensors so the robot became more capable of detecting objects.
Zoe Terril (Year 6B)
Year 7 Maths
What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of the word math?
Numbers, tessellation, shapes and algebra are just some of them. On STEM Day the secondary students did an excellent job in math.
The Year six students made enormous 3D shapes out of cardboard. The year sevens made calendars with tessellation and some made posters about the Roman numeral system. The Year 8’s taught people about ratios, algebra and some other topics. Year 7 and 8 prepared questions for parents, teachers and students in order to keep them entertained especially the primary students. The prize for getting the questions correct were homemade calendars by the Year 7’s and lollipops.
Chris Hong Le(Year 7B)