STEAM puts art in science
St Luke’s College students spent all of last week putting their scientific knowledge on display for the chance to become part of a community-wide event for Science Week.
Each day of the past week saw students from different year groups present projects in the “STEAM” subject areas of science, technology, engineering, arts and maths to their teachers, peers and special guest judges including members of Scitech.
The science fair-style presentations did not only count towards their grades but also for selection to STEAMfest, an upcoming community event that celebrates science and is being run by the school and Karratha Science Engagement Network.
St Luke’s head of science Jenefer Wiltschut said students had enjoyed having the freedom to choose their own project ideas in the categories of an investigation, invention or “manipulation” of a scientific process.
She said the school’s STEAM curriculum, introduced last year, was part of an educational approach that integrates the arts into STEAM subjects to give students a deeper understanding of how the world around them works.
“Many education students have shown that in order to develop critical thinkers, we need students who can be creative,” she said.
“We need students who know how to think outside the box, look for different solutions.”
About 15-20 of the projects will be chosen for the competition based on the level of scientific understanding, creativity, originality and effort shown.
STEAMfest will be held on Friday, August 19, at 5pm-8.30pm at St Luke’s College.
Entry is free.
St Luke’s College Year 9 students Elizabeth Phillips, Victoria Phillips, Genesis Duarte, Devni Wijesinghe and Kenziel Ugiagbe, all 14, present their STEAM project on the effects of types of music on heart rate.