Welcome to the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) at Port Melbourne Primary School. This year we are running specialist days of STEM, which the children are embracing with the passion and critical thinking of engineers, mathematicians and scientists of the future.
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.
What an electrifying start we’ve had to STEM in term 2! The students have been exploring what electricity is, where it comes from and what uses electricity to move (including us!). They have investigated circuits and created a variety of circuits to light bulbs, fans and play music. Children have used a variety of materials to make circuits with fans, bulbs, paperclips and foil. We have even had some students make a circuit using an apple!
Students have also continued to develop their understanding of coding by using simple instructions and algorithms to create loops.
STEM days have students focus on developing their questioning skills and used a great deal of critical thinking to solve problems and connect their prior knowledge to new information and challenges.
Have a look at some of our term 2 circuit adventures below!
If you have any questions or would like more information on our STEM program, please have a chat with our STEM Coordinators Haylie Saarinen and Michelle Sneddon