Full STEAM ahead


Wanneroo Times - - News -

WAR­WICK Se­nior High School stu­dents re­cently built a so­lar­pow­ered wind tur­bine.

The Year 7 project was to in­cor­po­rate the five el­e­ments of STEAM – sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing, arts and maths – as well as to un­der­stand and ap­ply prin­ci­ples such as team­work, prob­lem-solv­ing, crit­i­cal think­ing and re­silience.

De­sign and tech­nol­ogy teacher-in-charge Jeremy Caspersz said with 126 stu­dents in­volved in the project, they had to work in 10 crews – civil en­gi­neer­ing, elec­tron­ics, blade, tower, charg­ing booth, iMovie, me­dia, pro­mo­tions, mu­sic and cater­ing.

“We wanted the stu­dents to un­der­stand that STEAM is a whole-school ethos rather than in­di­vid­ual dis­ci­plines,” he said.

Stu­dent Blake Bramwell said it was “a lot of fun” to work in the blade crew and see how maths and en­gi­neer­ing worked to­gether, while Brook­lyn Lowrie said it was “re­ally im­por­tant for girls to do en­gi­neer­ing and not leave all the fun for the boys”.

The tur­bine now stands tall in the school grounds, act­ing as a phone-charg­ing booth that can be used by all stu­dents.

“This has been a good chance to work with oth­ers to build some­thing prac­ti­cal in the school,” stu­dent Char­lotte Jol­ley said.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme

Stu­dents Char­lotte Jol­ley (12), Blake Bramwell (12) and Brook­lyn Lowrie (12) with the wind tur­bine. www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d470902

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