Years 7, 8 and 9 STEM Day: Fire Response

Middle School STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) days are a challenging and fun way for students to expand their learning environment and collaborate with peers from other year levels.

On February 26 and 27, the first STEM Days of the year were held and were a great success.

Students collaborated in their teams to find bushfire solutions. They spent time researching, talking to guests who had experienced bushfires before, talking to a guest from the Environmental Protection Authority, working in Makerspace with drones and robotics, pitching their designs to teachers – who gave them ‘Bialik cash – going to the ‘shop’ to buy supplies, making prototypes for their inventions, creating advertisements for their designs and sharing them on the CLE. Once they had uploaded their ads, they watched each other’s videos and left constructive feedback in the comments section.

We saw many amazing ideas, including new kinds of gas masks, drones to fight fire or rescue animals, animal shelters, subterranean dwellings modelled on Coober Pedy, animal transport containers, special banks to help people after the fires and so much more!

There are many brilliant prototypes on display in the Middle School Corridors. The students enjoyed being able to choose their teams and portfolios. They did well at following Bialik’s Design Process, which begins with empathy, designing something to help someone based on an identified need or problem, evaluating, modifying and improving until the end ‘product’ is completed, then pitching to an audience.

This STEM Day involved two pitches: the one to their teachers on Wednesday and their ads on Thursday.

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