Prep School STEAM Enrichment Day
On Thursday we held our first ever #STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Maths) enrichment day at Prep School. Built around a philosophy promoting collaboration across academic disciplines to achieve innovative results, the day presented an exciting House challenge for all Prep School pupils. The day began with an inspiring assembly led by Mr Porter with support from Mrs Duffy, Mrs Mac and Miss Cuthbert. Food for thought was provided by the video below which showcased amazing home inventions and demonstrated that incredible things could happen with a bit of ingenuity.
The challenge for the day was then revealed…transport one eco egg from the Pre-Prep balcony to the Outdoor Classroom without any human intervention; at approximately 49 metres this was no small ask!
Organised into House teams with girls from Y0 to Y6 working together the morning was spent exploring different ideas, theories and designs. With an exciting bank of resources available, the teams had everything at their disposal to work on ideas related to robotics, pulleys, water slides and propellers.
Once designs were finalised and prototypes created, the teams moved on to create their final models. Each model then competed to see which creation was most successful in meeting the brief and reaching the Outdoor Classroom from the Pre-Prep balcony. The competition was tough and the range of ideas incredibly impressive. In the end the winning team was Gurney 2 and the were proudly declared winners of the EGGS Prize 2019; check out the table below to see how each team performed against the strict criteria.
Alongside the EGGS Prize Challenge, all classes enjoyed taking part in workshops run by Learn by Design. From an introduction to forensic science to constructing and testing wind turbines using a voltmeter to looking at how robotics can be constructed to complete a challenge there was something for everyone and a fantastic insight into practical applications of the skills taught in STEAM subjects.
Huge thanks goes to Mr Porter, Mrs Mac, Mrs Duffy and Miss Cuthbert for organising this exciting day.