Pupils get hands on for sci­ence day

Fo­cus on sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing, arts and maths

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

YOUNG­STERS at St He­len’s Col­lege in Hilling­don en­joyed a spe­cial ‘STEAM Day’ of in­door and out­door ac­tiv­i­ties and work­shops.

Pupils were given the chance to ex­plore the worlds of sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing, the arts and maths in mem­o­rable ways.

Up­per School chil­dren took part in ac­tiv­i­ties such as work­ing with zoetropes, cre­at­ing wood­work struc­tures, learn­ing the ukulele, de­sign­ing and build­ing birds’ nests and wind struc­tures, clay mod­el­ling, flota­tion de­vice build­ing and a ‘water chal­lenge’.

The youngest chil­dren ex­plored colour, chang­ing states, move­ment and more through build­ing Lego and Bee­bot mazes, spin­ning and pen­du­lum art, bub­ble shapes, pipework con­struc­tion and ice bal­loons among other things.

They also en­joyed a visit from a par­ent from Martin Baker, with whom they in­ves­ti­gated para­chutes.

The event was a com­mu­nity col­lab­o­ra­tion, with ses­sions de­liv­ered by St. He­len’s Col­lege staff and par­ents and agen­cies such as Martin Baker and Affin­ity Water.

Di­rec­tor of stud­ies Mark Lewis said: “It was a delight to see such en­er­getic shar­ing of knowl­edge and par­tic­u­larly won­der­ful to wit­ness the voy­age of dis­cov­ery un­der­taken by the pupils on the day.

“The chil­dren dis­cov­ered some in­ter­est­ing facts and skills but more im­por­tantly ex­tended their col­lab­o­ra­tive skills and re­in­forced their will­ing­ness to take on new chal­lenges with­out fear of fail­ure.”

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