Add an ‘A’ for arts to science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) with Cool Australia’s brand-new package of primary lessons STEAM Made Simple. Cool Australia has teamed up with OfficeMax to create six lessons to help students develop their creativity for careers in our rapidly changing world.
Creativity will be a key priority for STEM workers of the future to be able to design innovative solutions. Each stand-alone lesson addresses an element of STEM and the arts using everyday items.
For the Year 1 & 2 lesson I Can Code, students use block coding skills to control the movement of a classmate who becomes a 'dancing robot'.
The Year 3 & 4 lesson Build an Amazing Machine! guides students in the creation of a Rube Goldberg machine – a complex contraption that produces a domino effect when one device triggers the next in a sequence.
The Year 5 & 6 lesson The Power of Origami teaches students how origami techniques have been used to solve an array of design challenges in the fields of science and engineering. Students also get the opportunity to create 3D art.
If you love the lessons, apply for OfficeMax’s inaugural STEAM Grants program to drive your school’s STEAM activities to the next level. Eight $2500 grants + starter kit (1 winner per state/territory) are available. The national winner receives $5000 + starter kit. Entries close 29 June 2018.
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