On 17th December, Marymount held its Semester 1 Middle School STEAM Day; a celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, 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. Each grade level had a different theme for the day, where they had a chance to get creative, explore and experiment. Grade 6 looked into the UN Sustainable Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation, where they created their own filtration system, went pond dipping in our own pond, and created a theatrical and dance performance to raise awareness about the information they discovered.
Elsewhere in the school, the Grade 7s started the day with a talk from Sonya Horton, from Create Education, who spoke about careers in STEAM and the application of 3D printing in the medical field. They then broke off into groups where they investigated rehabilitation medicine. Together they designed, created and tested a bionic arm; some even used the 3D printer!
Finally, the Grade 8s completed multiple activities on Fibonacci Sequence, where they looked at how this Golden Ratio can be seen in the world around us – they applied their understanding of mathematics to create music, artwork, and discovered it across campus in the Marymount Garden.
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!
By Brianna Pickstone, STEAM Coordinator