Home' Capricornus Quarterly : CQ Dec 2018 Jan 2019 Contents Year7’s STEAM Project concluded in Term
4, enabling students to explore, investigate
and find possible solutions to waste disposal.
As a first step, students were introduced
to Bop Industries founder Scott Millar
to discuss different technologies and
idea generation. Students also consulted
with Inspirex Art, The FLOW centre and
CQ Minimal Waste. Over the day-long
workshop, students acquired Engineering
Design Process skills they would use over
the next two weeks as they developed
and delivered on their project.
Students’ solutions to waste recovery
and recycling came together as
they reflected on their ideas and
engaged in group discussions.
Students learned that creating
collaboratively can be both difficult
and rewarding at the same time. For
example, Sam Young, Jasmine Meikle
and Josh Smoorenburg had to change
their original solution. That required the
group to reconsider their brain mapping
exercise, address numerous alternatives,
and decide on another way for ward.
I remember how excited they
were when they had completed this
process, with Mrs Leisa Harper’s
assistance, and found another possible
answer to their war-on -waste.
To finalise the process, the girls
and boys had to present and market
their ideas to fellow students.
Our scientists and engineers decided
to make rope out of plastic; repurpose
clothes to make bags and other products;
reconstruct plastics to make kid
friendly toys; start up a café that used
food from farmers whose produce was
rejected by supermarkets; and build a
machine that melts and shapes used
plastic into useful household items.
These were just a few of their many
wonderful and creative ideas.
On the day which they were to present
their ideas, the students prepared their own
staging areas and welcomed Year 6 to Year
11 to frequent product demonstrations.
Knowledgeable and condifdent, they spoke
in detail about their project and responded
to their peers’ rapid fire of questions.
To conclude their process, and allow
for reflection, Mrs Michelle Rundle
completed a SWOT analysis on the project
with each Form Class. This provided
students an opportunity to consider
the strengths, weakness, opportunities
and threats to their combined work.
It is clear to me that the students at RGS
have something to offer to our community,
nation and world. Presenting opportunities
such as this is exactly what STEAM allows.
• Working together to accomplish a goal
• Opened our eyes to opportunities
• We felt independent
• Helping the environment
• Creative thinking
• Enjoyed the starter day with
Bop Industries and activities
• Prototyping and hands-on activities
• It pushed us past our limits
• Having to find a solution to
a real-world problem
• Learning in a different form
• Designing and creating
• Being able to design and make
• Business opportunities
• Making new friends
• To grow in confidence
• To be creative
• Hands on experience
• Meeting Scott Millar
• To show leadership
• To bring an idea to life
• Being able to solve something as a kid
• Seeing new things through
a different perspective
• Job opportunities
• To make a thought a reality
• Getting ideas for your future pathway
• Idea has already being invented
• Other groups have same or similar idea
• Some parts of prototyping
can’t be done at school
• Delivery of our idea on Friday
and being extremely nervous
• Thinking other groups ideas are better
• What people will think of our solution
• Failing when sketching and prototyping
• Group members not
listening to your ideas
• At titude of other team members
• Needed more materials
• Group didn’t always cooperate
• Thinking of a design
• Not enough time
• Needed more planning skills
• Group struggles
• Use of Book Creator
• Having set groups by the teacher
• Group communication
• Not having enough information
on the problem
Well executed ideas
hold up to STEAMing
Students waste no time in this follow-up to last edition’s story about RGS
Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM). Teacher
Alana Mikkelsen reports on their major research and development project.
Students needed to be both
knowledgeable and confident
to share their solution...
Group of 7A students compare differerent types types of marine waste .
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