Science is a discipline that thrives on curiosity. It can be riveting, highly engaging and totally infectious in its ability to create excitement in the young and old. With this in mind, staff at Rivendell School formulated a plan to introduce dedicated STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) days across the 2017 school calendar where the whole school would engage in hands on activities across the day.
The Inaugural STEAM Day took place on Monday, 20 February 2017 with a special guest kicking off the day. When students were asked which scientist they would like to see present at Rivendell in 2017 the most popular response was “Dr Karl”. So we wrote to him and he agreed to visit Rivendell School. We were delighted to welcome Dr Karl to our school where he presented an inspirational talk on future careers in science, how this will affect students and become important in their future working lives.
What an amazing way to hook the students into science! The day continued with a series of STEAM workshops which included the “egg drop challenge” and the “catapult challenge”.
Thanks to a blue sky and access to our clock tower, the egg drop challenge proved to be the most engaging activity. Unfamiliar with the egg drop challenge? The challenge is for the students to design a contraption that will protect a raw egg from a high fall (the Rivendell Clock Tower). Students designed prototypes before constructing their final contraption which they were certain would protect their eggs. The secret is to get the physics right!
Not a single contraption looked similar! Dropped from the RIvendell Clock Tower, not all fared well with only three eggs surviving the fall.
With the inaugural STEAM day an overall success, staff and students are excitedly brainstorming what challenges might appear for Term 2.