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STEM Activities

There has been much excitement this term for both myself and the P5/6 pupils as we have started  our 4 week block of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) sessions with Emma Chittick, from Skills Development Scotland (SDS).

SDS are trying to encourage more pupils to consider future STEM careers by introducing them to ‘fun’ STEM activities through the latter years of primary school.

All pupils have been working really hard and enjoying the challenges set by Emma. So far we have used our coding skills to get our robots to orbit the Earth. Some of us were able to simulate a launch and change from a small orbit to a large orbit. This week we looked at “space junk” – we were able to programme the robots to orbit the Earth and divert around an obstacle to prevent dammage to our satellite.

 

 

I think the below comments from the pupils show how much they are enjoying this activity.

“STEM is really good” – Frankie

“STEM is really good because we get to learn with robots. I enjoy learning different things to do.” – Isabel and Kelsi.

“It’s good because it’s about robotics.” – Robert and Ronan

“We are enjoying it. It is fun” – Carla and Kayla

“It is quite hard at the moment but it’s fun.” – Robbie and Lucien

“It’s good, I love it, it’s my favourite thing to do.” – Amy

Terrific Scientific

 

Today we completed all the last measurements of our project. We looked at all the data and tried to see if there were any patterns. Everyone found that the onions had grown most on day 8. We looked at the temperatures on that day and before and it had been warmest then. We drew graphs using Excel to compare the temperature and the rate of growth. We were surprised at how much the spring onions had grown.

Making Bread

On Wednesday 25th April, while the Primary 6s were on a visit to TOTAL, the Primary 5s had fun learning about yeast and how it helps to make bread rise.

We made bread rolls and a loaf and the best thing was that we got to eat them – yum!

We also did an investigation to see how yeast produces carbon dioxide as it respires. It was fun to watch the balloons expand.