During terms 2 to 4 our Intermediate students participate in week long intensive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) units.
2016 focuses were:
* Marine Ecology (Save the Penguins)
* Astrophysics – Space
* Biology – Genetics
2017 focuses are:
* Electronics – Robotics
* Geology (Earthquakes & Volcanoes)
STEM focusses on teaching these disciplines together not seperately. Real world problem based leaning is used to connect the STEM subjects together. All units involve hands on activities and incorporate NCEA style assessment aspects.
It is based around the 5 E’s:
One of our earlier STEM units was based on Electronics -Robotics
Our inquiry topic for Term 3 is “What’s the Matter?”. The Year 5/6 classes have been investigating the properties of matter and how they can be changed or manipulated. We have conducted a series of experiments in the classrooms. So far we have looked at the density of hot and cold water, chemical reactions, non-newtonian fluids, testing the pH of substances and more.