STEAM Projects with Schools

Summary

Full STEAM ahead this term at the Learning Hub!

September 2017 marked the beginning of a new inter-Hub project. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) aims to form cross curricular linkages between STEM subjects and the arts. We chose to focus on the natural world and recyclable materials for our pilot of the project.

Both 5th and 6th class from Thomond Primary school took part in the project from September to December for a total of 10 weeks. During the first 5 weeks, the children learned all about the Scientific Method and applied this to their study of plants and photosynthesis. Initially they examined plant structure and function and then moved down to a much more microscopic level to study the chemical reaction plants utilise for photosynthesis.

With the knowledge gained in the first 5 weeks, the groups moved on to the Art and Design section of the programme. After being taught some design techniques they worked in pairs to make conceptual molecular models of Water, Carbon Dioxide and Oxygen from recycled materials relating to the chemical they were modelling. 

In the final 2 weeks the groups designed and built a giant molecule of glucose which will be presented to their schools next term.

For more information on the project please contact Sean O' Brien, sean@learninghub.ie.

Key facts

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Children took part in our STEAM pilot project
Progress
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Glucose
The finished product!