On 11th December, Marymount held its first Middle School STEAM Day – a celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics.
The event was created to give the students an opportunity to connect their in-class learning to real life via a series of fun and engaging activities in the STEAM Hub.
STEAM Day kicked off with a talk by Marymount student, Mugdha. Now in the 10th Grade and with a passion for STEAM, Mugdha spoke on an exciting range of topics from robotics and bioengineering to women in STEAM, and even the incredible technology used to create “Amazon Go”.
The grades then broke apart to get creative, explore, and experiment with different activities. Grade 6 looked into the UN Sustainable Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation with Gaia Vince, a freelance environmental journalist, who led them through creating their own filtration system, pond dipping in our own Marymount Pond, and creating a musical, theatrical and dance performance to raise awareness about the information they discovered.
Elsewhere in the school, the Grade 7s investigated rehabilitation medicine; together they designed, created and tested a bionic arm, some even used the 3D printer. The Grade 8s completed multiple activities and experiments, such as looking at polarising light, extracting graphene from graphite and creating an infographic.
The students’ responses were overwhelmingly positive: they loved being able to put their knowledge into action and experiment with it, no matter their level of learning. One student even called it “the perfect day”, setting the stage for STEAM Day to be embraced as a new Marymount tradition.