The Year 6 STEM Day
28 lucky pupils of Hartley Year 6 were treated to a scientifically satisfying day at Longfield Academy. This STEM day was to explore solutions for the planet’s problems (such as the sustainability crisis). We learnt that STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Please read on for our Year 6 report!
In the early session, we were given mysterious envelopes containing fascinating facts on the world’s environmental issues. This was a team building exercise in which we had to order our different processes. For the second morning session, we stayed in our groups and were given a mind boggling task. We had to piece together a paper puzzle of a sustainability crisis problem. We looked at waste, air pollution, water pollution, recycling and deforestation. Then we wrote all the facts we had learnt around the puzzle. Afterwards, we rated each others’ contribution to our team poster. There were some important team skills like, organisation and questioning that we could apply to our STEM abilities in later life.
Our final task of the day was to choose a problem to solve linked to environmental or sustainability issues. Some examples were homelessness, waste management, public safety, global warming and deforestation. Our groups discussed the problem we wanted to tackle before creating a solution and finally, presenting our finished projects to the audience. Some of us were really nervous about our presentation (knees knocking!) whereas others didn’t want to give up the mic!
Year 6 all enjoyed this educational and interesting STEM filled day. Our favourite part was presenting to the older pupils of Longfield Academy. We recommend this day to all students because we had a great time developing our STEM and public speaking skills.
Thank you to Mr Higgs for supporting us during the day!