One Tuesday in September everything changed at Parklands for the day. There was no timetable and the teachers weren’t in charge of directing the learning. Welcome to our STEAM day, we were joined by the STEAM Co. who helped us to organise and run a fantastic day of child led learning. Each classroom in school was a hive of activity with a creative STEAM activity run by staff and parent volunteers and the children with their STEAM passport in hand moved from room to room when they chose and explored the activities which appealed to them.
STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths and the activities on offer included building towers and bridges from newspaper, making salad spinner art, designing our own inventions, building cardboard creations, making and firing paper rockets and microbit coding along with building Seacroft in Lego, making thumatropes and giant bubbles.
In the hall was a hyper loop where a small dynamite charge was used to fire a lego car down a tube and the day ended with a STEAM co rocket being launched hundreds of metres into the air from the playground as the school looked on.