Illalong News

  • 10th August, 2018

National Science Week and Banjo's STEAM Arcade

This year, Junior School students have participated in STEAM lessons. STEAM learning integrates curriculum from Science, Technology (digital), Engineering (design technologies), Arts and Mathematics and asks students to work together to develop solutions to complex problems. This term, students from Prep to Year 6 will showcase their STEAM challenges at our first Banjo’s STEAM Arcade. Each year level has designed an authentic, hands on investigation to allow our students to connect the science learning and understanding of the classroom with real world experiences.

During National Science Week students will plan and design their own interactive STEAM challenge made from mainly recycled materials. Students will continue to build and develop their challenges throughout the term. 

To help link our classroom STEAM lessons to real life experiences, Years 4 to 6 students gained an insight into the design process engineers work through to solve their problems. Celeste de Mezieres, from Women in Engineering and Griffith University, shared some of her engineering experiences and the testing and evaluating processes involved in her job. Celeste was accompanied by A.B. Paterson College Alumnus – Old Collegian, Dominique McDonald – who is currently studying Engineering at Griffith University.

Our Banjo’s STEAM Arcade challenge is inspired by nine-year-old, YouTube sensation Caine, from the famous Caine's Arcade clips and the Imagination Foundation.  The Imagination Foundation launched its Global Cardboard Challenge from the overwhelming global response to the short film, Caine's Arcade. The foundation was founded to find, foster and fund creativity and entrepreneurship in children around the world, to raise a new generation of innovators and problem solvers who have the tools they need to build the world they imagine. Banjo’s STEAM Arcade will keep our community updated during National Science Week using the Global Cardboard Design Challenge hashtag, as well as document our progress through our College Facebook page.

Caine's Arcade (http://cainesarcade.com/) has inspired over one million students from 80 countries to participate in their own version of a STEAM challenge and share their experiences online. Parents, if you have not yet seen the Caine’s Arcade clip it is worth watching. 

Amanda Wallis
Junior School STEAM Co-ordinator 

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