STEAM Challenge – Year 5 and Year 6

 Year 5 and Year 6 have spent this half term working on a STEAM challenge.

The challenge was to: ‘Design and build a vessel that can move on water’.

This of course, began with an investigation into buoyancy followed by the selection of materials that would be both waterproof, buoyant and available! The girls have spent time researching boats and their uses, which has influenced their boats’ themes and designs.

While the groups have investigated different propulsion methods, most have chosen to go with an electric, battery-operated propulsion system and have learned how to wire a simple electric circuit with a battery, motor and propeller.

It has been an excellent opportunity for our girls to collaborate with each other in small groups, and we are delighted with the enthusiasm shown by all.

Finally, the girls have produced a PowerPoint to go with each boat to show the project’s development.

These videos have been made during the ‘product testing’ section of our project, and every single boat has successfully met the criteria of the challenge and can move on water.

Mrs Murphie held a Whole School Assembly and produced each team with a certificate for their fantastic team work on this project.

This​ engineering project has proved to have been great fun, and we look forward to the next one.