STEM Projects at Gib Gate
Gib Gate students have recently shared projects specifically designed to build essential STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and 21st Century competencies.
Taking part in the First LEGO League Explore Challenge is an eagerly anticipated annual event for Year 2 students at Gib Gate, and Kindergarten and Year 1 were excited this year to be able to take part for the first time as the challenge was extended to include a new Discover Level for younger students.
The International First LEGO League Challenge involves students in real-world, hands on engineering, coding and problem-solving tasks, and the 2021 theme, ‘Cargo Connect’, linked to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, set the students the challenge of creating sustainable future transport alternatives designed to deliver and sort packages in rural and urban areas. From providing disaster relief to designing high-tech air and water transport, the students re-imagined faster, more reliable, inclusive transport innovations.
Students who participated in WeDo Lego Robotics classes also shared their incredible creations with the school. This hands-on activity enhanced pupils' skills in computing, collaboration, presentation and engineering in an engaging relevant, real context.
Many students who participate in WeDo Robotics classes go on to compete in the Gib Gate Robocup Team. Whilst the competition was unable to proceed this year, members of the team enjoyed sharing information about their RoboCup Junior Onstage entries, describing the building and programming process used to construct their robots, and how important was to to be able to work as a team involved in critical thinking and problem-solving.
Year 5 students were also congratulated this week on the presentation of their Young Scientist Awards Competition Projects. These long-term science investigations are undertaken over two terms in Year 5 and consolidate the scientific inquiry skills students learn from P-4. Personal choice in determining the topic of their investigation plays an important part in student engagement and ensuring real-world relevance. Held in Gib Gate Library on Wednesday 24 November, the students shared their projects with parents and K-6 students via Zoom. Learning how to communicate their new scientific understanding effectively to an audience, the students enjoyed sharing their extensive research via science display boards, just as scientists are required to do when presenting research to colleagues and the community at conferences and research symposiums.
Ms Sally Robson, Head of Gib Gate