STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)

Term 3 has been a busy one!!

With Science Week over, students explored different aspects of our world and beyond.

  • Our Year Two’s had a look at our natural resources and how we used them.
  • Year Three students explored the Earth, Sun and Moon and their relationship with each other.
  • The Year Four students learnt about the different layers of soil and the concepts of weathering and erosion.
  • Our Year Five students learnt about Terrestrial and Jovian planets and our solar system.
  • The Year Sixes explored natural disasters and their impact on humans.

Students had a great time using different technology tools such as iMovie, Green Screen, Book Creator and QR codes.  Students in Years 3 to 6 used Minecraft Education to showcase their understanding of different space concepts as they worked on their ‘Moon World’ projects.  How cool do some of their screenshots look

Our STEM 4 Girls group have been having a blast this term and finished off by creating LED soft toys.  These are still a work in progress but we look forward to seeing the finished products.

Science Week!

We had a great time celebrating Science Week – exploring the theme of ‘Destination Moon’.  All students from Pre -Primary to Year 6 completed an activity that involved Space or Space travel.  Check out what they did below:

Our Pre Primary and Year One’s made straw rockets.  They explored how force and air pressure made their rockets fly.

Year 2 & 3 had a lot of fun making film canister rockets.  They rockets replicate what happens with a real rocket enabling them to fly.

Year 4 had the challenge of making Lunar Modules.  They had to land the lunar module safely so the two ‘marshmallow astronauts’ didn’t fall out.

Year 5’s had the difficult task of making an elastic band powered lunar buggy.  It was fantastic to see such different designs.

Our Year Sixes amazed us with their design skills.  Their challenge was to build a robotic arm that could pick up a cup.  Very impressive Year 6’s!


Term 2

We had a lot of fun exploring the Biological Sciences in STEM this term,

Our Year 6’s had demonstrated how to use green screen technology to showcase their learning on how animals adapted to their environment by migrating.  Some of their videos are below:

The Year 5’s explored the adaptations of animals to harsh environments.  Their final task was to create a model of a new species of bear that lives in an Australian desert.  They used green screen technology to insert their model into the desert environment.

Our Year 4’s looked at the Daintree Rainforest and how plants and animals have adapted to the environment.  They created a green screen video to show what they have learnt.

Our Year 3’s explored living and non living things.  They created dioramas to show the learning and then we used the green screen to showcase our work.

In Year 2, students explored the life cycle of living things.  Students used Book Creator to draw the life cycle of a frog.

Our Year 1 students had fun being ‘Lego Masters’ for Design Technology.

Our Pre Primary students used Chatter Pix Kids to make the toys in their room come alive.  Check out their video below:

Toy Story

Our STEM 4 Girls group went to Stockland Riverton Forum to demonstrate their STEM skills to the general public.  We are so proud of how they represented our school.


STEM- Term 1…

All students benefit from the STEM program because it teaches independent innovation and allows students to explore greater depths of all the subjects by utilizing the skills learned; these skills will be required for today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and St Jude’s STEM program provides the opportunity to maximise student engagement and participation.

In term 1, students completed challenges such as:

  • Identifying different digital systems (Pre Primary)
  • Creating an iPad holder for wet weather so that your hands remain free and the iPad stays dry (Year 1)
  • Finding solutions to cleaning up oil spills (Year 2)
  • Creating their own cooking show as part of looking at solids, liquids, gases & changes of temperature.(Year 3)
  • Looking at recycling and bioplastics (Year 4)
  • Creating a car powered by experimenting with an alternate fuel source (Year 5)
  • Looking at solubility and designing and growing a crystal castle (Year 6)

MINECRAFT EDUCATION

Students in Years 4 to 6 have been completing STEM challenges using Minecraft Education.  This learning will be extended to Year 3 in Term 2.   Minecraft Education enhances creativity, problem-solving, self-direction and collaboration.  It gives students the freedom to create, pushing their imaginations to the limit and allowing them to be creative in ways not possible in the real world.  This term students completed a bridge building challenge and a maze building challenge.

Minecraft Education is free to all students who have a cewa account and can be downloaded from the Minecraft Education website or as an app.

STEM 4 GIRLS

STEM 4 Girls is a voluntary after school class just for our girls in Year 5 and 6.   STEM thinking is important in every part of our lives, but there is currently a big achievement gap between girls and boys in STEM in schools and women are vastly underrepresented in STEM jobs and among STEM degree holders.  Our aim is to inspire our girls to be STEM leaders of tomorrow.  STEM 4 Girls begins in week 6.

This term in STEM 4 Girls, we have made blackboard slime, completed a dry erase marker and water experiment and had a go at making a homopolar motor with the ‘Tiny Dancer’ activity.  Term 2 will bring a lot of exciting and challenging activities, including a STEM 4 Girls demonstration at Riverton Forum.

TECHNOLOGY CLUB

In term 2 our lunch time Technology Club will begin again.  This is a voluntary group open to students in Year 4-6 who would like to experiment with different coding applications and activities.

We are also very excited to recently receive a MakerSpace Stream A grant from the Commonwealth Government. This grant will enable us to extend our current makerspace in the STEM room to include more outdoor space.  Watch this space for more details next term.