Inventive creations as pupils rise to STEM challenge

Girl sat at table making a 3D construction with marshmellows and cocktail sticks

“Weird and wacky” structures popped up all over Year 2’s classroom when they explored the topic through a variety of STEM activities.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths all came into play as the pupils created tall towers from marshmallows and tooth-picks by applying their knowledge and understanding of shape to create and test strong structures.

Boys creating 3D images from lego in classroomThey were also challenged to use Lego to solve mathematical problems. An understanding of the properties of different materials was then demonstrated as the children used recycled materials to create musical instruments. They had to think about the materials they needed, the sound they wanted to reproduce and how to join the materials together to create their musical instrument. 

Year 2 class teacher Romney Walton said: “STEM subjects are all areas of learning that our pupils need to be comfortable with to excel in the future.  They help them become creators, thinkers, problem solvers, doers, innovators, and inventors.

“STEM activities also provide the children an opportunity to use their Pocklington School values of truth, trust and courage by collaborating and sharing ideas with each other, showing resilience to test and improve their creations and find new ways of approaching a problem as well as working with the choice of materials and suggesting new ideas for improving their product.

“Most importantly it was fun and engaging and we all learnt something new.”