STEAM puts art in sci­ence

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

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.

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