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Wolfville School STEMFest a Chance for Students and Staff to Learn

Wolfville School hosted a STEMFest (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) recently, starting with learning opportunities for staff on November 26. Staff members had a chance to “tinker and play” with 3D printing, circuits, animation, coding and more, to find new ways to integrate STEM activities into their classrooms.

Fast forward to December, and the school welcomed members of Brilliant Labs and Engineers Nova Scotia, who led robotics, engineering, environmental science and design workshops with students. Activities included coding, designing and testing a bungee cord-egg holder, developing a wind turbine, and learning about water filtration systems.

“We’re trying to make STEM something we incorporate into math subjects, language arts, and other subjects,” explains Vice Principal Craig Barbour.

By having teachers take part in their own STEMFest ahead of students, they’re now finding ways to integrate STEM activities across the curriculum. It can be part of language arts outcomes such as procedural writing—creating step-by-step instructions to get a Sphero robot through a maze, for example. Or, a middle level math class might learn how to program microbits microcontrollers to generate a number cube face that can be used in a lesson on probability. One class is using green screen technology for social studies projects, creating videos of their own unique cultural traditions with images of their celebrations in the background.

Best of all? STEM is fun for everyone—teachers and students alike, and Barbour reports these activities have students “incredibly engaged.”

 

 

 

Photo: A Wolfville School student programs a robot to follow a set path (courtesy Sarah Ryan, Brilliant Labs).

 

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