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STEAM Invasion 2019

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics)

Our Lower School STEAM invasion, conducted by Junior Engineers for Africa (JEFA) saw our students engaged in remarkable learning activities over 3 days. The goal of this invasion was to enable our students to learn through doing; using technology and engineering principles with Technical LEGO, and participating in Brain-Building workshops dedicated to teaching problem-solving and critical thinking.

Di Roberts, Principal of the Lower School, spoke about the invasion in our newsletter; "This exciting initiative stimulated innovation and opened up a new and interesting way in which to integrate this thinking into our children’s lives. We are preparing our children for jobs in the 21st Century that have not as yet been thought of!

Major characteristics of STEAM include:

  • collaboration
  • communication
  • research
  • problem-solving,
  • critical thinking
  • creativity

An important characteristic of STEAM is that it can work with any curriculum that a teacher is using.

STEAM is simply a new way to allow our students to learn and grow as people whilst addressing the academic content in a new way:

  • To begin to create a mental shift to expand our curriculum
  • Find ways to relate disciplines to each other and technology (integration)
  • Connect to careers
  • Familiarise ourselves and students with the Design-thinking Process."

This invasion was an effective way to promote STEAM within our curriculum, where the end results are students who engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, take thoughtful risks, embrace collaboration and work through the creative process. These are the innovators, educators, leaders and learners of the 21st century!

Gallery: STEAM Invasion 2019

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