STEM family night

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Posted by Miss Elliott | Posted in Digital Technology, ICT, Maths, Science, STEM, Thankyou | Posted on September 5, 2017

On August 16th, Werribee Primary school held their annual STEM family night. The event was a huge success and celebrated the fun learning activities our students experience in the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The following clip shows some of these moments captured from the night.

Thank you to all those who attended and helped out on the night!

What did you enjoy the most about STEM night?

Scienceworks Years 5 & 6

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Posted by Miss Scarrott | Posted in Science, STEM, Year 5, Year 6 | Posted on August 28, 2017

On Thursday the 10th of August the Year 5 & 6 students had super fun day at Scienceworks. They attended a ‘Cool Stuff’ science show, visited the pumping station and had a ball exploring all of the amazing hands on activities in the Scienceworks museum.

Cool Stuff! A 30-minute science show using some ‘very cool’ liquid nitrogen demonstrations to illustrate the properties of solids, liquids and gases. Changes of state, expansion and contraction were all demonstrated using lots of fog, froth and fun.

Get Pumped! –  Students used a museum iPad that included videos, animations and other media to bring to life the amazing engineering feats involved in the construction of the Spotswood Pumping Station in the 1890s. They heard some stinky stories from the straining well and explored the magnificent Engine Room.

Press play to view a slideshow of the excursion.

Have you been to Scienceworks?

What was your favourite part of the visit? 

Suzanne Cory Experience Year 6

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Posted by Miss Scarrott | Posted in Science, STEM, Year 6 | Posted on August 23, 2017

On Friday the 18th of August the year 6 students had an amazing experience visiting Suzanne Cory High School. They were lucky enough to participate in a number of hands on science lessons. The visit also doubled as a transition day to give the year 6 students some insight to what it will be like at Secondary School. They conducted various experiments and further developed their science knowledge with support from the teachers and students at Suzanne Cory.

The activities included;

  • Methane bubbles
  • Rainbow fizz flame test
  • Red cabbage indicator
  • Dry ice
  • Motors

The biggest ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ definitely came from the methane bubbles session!

Press play below to watch a slide show of the fun filled day.

Family STEM night 16th August

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Posted by Miss Scarrott | Posted in Maths, Numeracy, Science, STEM | Posted on August 3, 2017

STEM at WPS

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Posted by Miss Elliott | Posted in ICT, Maths, Science, STEM | Posted on June 1, 2017

At Werribee Primary School we value the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). STEM covers a wide range of disciplines and skills, which are increasingly in demand in our rapidly changing world. STEM skills and knowledge are important for all stages of our learning, jobs and everyday lives.

As part of Victoria’s Education State initiative, the Victorian Government is providing $27 million over five years for 200 Primary Mathematics and Science Specialists in government schools across Victoria (two cohorts of 100 Specialists for two years each, starting in 2016).

In 2016, Werribee Primary School received funding to up skill 2 specialists in STEM. Our 2 specialist, Miss Elliott and Mrs Robertson have been working with teachers and students in their class and during lunchtime activities to help engage them in STEM experiences. We have also enlisted the help of a CSIRO Scientist to work at our school to strengthen our relationship with Primary Industries.

Experimenting with circuits and conductors

Investigating cubes

All students are invited to attend STEM club (a weekly lunchtime activity) that runs in Room 16 every Friday. STEM club provides students opportunities to engage in fun investigations of all kinds in the context of STEM learning.

Some of our activities have include:

  • Paper Helicopters
  • Engineering challenges
  • Using Microscopes to examine things up close
  • Experimenting with different materials

 

A few weeks ago students designed their own bubble wands to see if they could change what bubbles looked like. After some experimentation most students noticed how they could blow even bigger bubbles by using soapy hands.

For more information about STEM in schools please follow the link.

Year 6 students challenge themselves with s.t.e.M

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Posted by Miss Elliott | Posted in Maths, STEM | Posted on March 20, 2017

The Year 6 students took on a STEM challenge where they were determined to find 11 unique nets that could be folded to create a cube.

As the investigation continued some students in 6H decided to take on their own challenge in a project they called ‘Project 5 Cubes’ or ‘5C’s’ for short.
Students challenged themselves to find out how many 2D squares they would need if they were to fit one cube inside another. Here is some of the Mathematics they recorded:
1 x 1 cube = 6 2D squares
2 x 2 cube = 24 2D squares
3 x 3 cube = 54 2D squares
4 x 4 cube 96 2D squares
5 x5 cube 150 2D squares
Using a total of 340 2D squares

   

Students comments:
 “This was a fun project to do with a lot of cooperation” – Hayden
“This was a fun maths activity with lots of teamwork” – Hadar
“It was a project that needed teamwork and we went all GUNS BLAZING!” – Joanna
“Even though it was exhausting and hard to find enough materials, at least we had a lot of FUN!” – Kitchie

 

Students then went on to attempt to calculate how many more squares they would need to continue their project and tried hard to find a pattern to help them. They discovered that:

6 x 6 cube = 216 2D squares and that the number of squares needed increases by 12 more each time – 6 (+18), 24 (+30), 54 (+42), 96 (+54)

Could you help them to continue the pattern?

 

 

STEM Club news

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Posted by Miss Elliott | Posted in STEM | Posted on November 30, 2016

STEM club has been successfully running every Wednesday at lunch time in Room 15 and is continuing to grow in popularity. This week we had more than 30 students attend to experiment with robots, known as Spheros. Although everyone is welcome, two weeks ago we had only girls attend. They took on the engineering challenge of building something using only toothpicks and marshmallows.

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STEM club has been a huge success and we would like to thank all the students who attended and all the teachers who have helped.

Making our own experiments

Making our own experiments

Next week, Wednesday 7th December, will be the final week of STEM club for the year. We hope to see you there!

STEM Club at Werribee Primary School

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Posted by Miss Elliott | Posted in STEM | Posted on June 24, 2016

S.T.E.M stands for, Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Students at Werribee Primary School have been learning about STEM subjects during weekly STEM clubs, held at lunch times on Wednesdays.

Boys making Straw Rockets

Boys making Straw Rockets

Having fun with Straw Rockets

Having fun with Straw Rockets

“STEM club is all about having fun and making cool stuff with different materials. It’s good fun and you can make friends. So drop by if you like. STEM club is awesome!” – Chris 4J

“It was really awesome because I got to make a rocket out of a straw.” – Isaiah 4S

Students designing and constructing their own creations

Students designing and constructing their own creations

“I like STEM club because I can make things I don’t get to make at home. It’s about having fun and trying something new and not giving up. I liked designing my own city of ‘Alien Brains.’ – Joshua 3W

“I love STEM club because we do lots of science and we build card houses in groups and make lots of ideas. It was tricky but I still learnt a lot.” – Catherine 3W

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“I really enjoy STEM club. I can relax and work with a team to design and make things. It can help you build your communication with people and resilience.” – Tarteel 6R

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Our great creations

 

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