Our new Year 9 STEAM expedition is called ‘Here Comes The Sun’. The website for the expedition is live now.
This afternoon we kicked off STEAM immersion week in Year 9 with a huge Google Hangouts Meet.
The meeting was attended by over 60 students from both XP and XP East who met to learn about the challenges we have set for their immersion this week.
One of the main things that we want students to get out of this week, and the whole of this term’s Year 9 STEAM expedition is an appreciation of nature.
CHALLENGE 1 – BIRDING
We have asked students to spend at least 30 minutes spotting birds. We have shared a guide and record sheet with them in Google Classroom. Staff have been having a go this week and spoke to the students about how lovely it was to spend time out enjoying nature.
We would love to see lots of photos from students of any birds that they see or just general shots inspired by nature. We are also determined to beat XP East with the number of birds that we spot!
In our meeting we had a massive game of quizlet live to compete with other in identifying 20 of the most common garden birds.
Spoiler alert: Penguins won! 🐧 🏆
There are also some optional challenges that we would like for the students to try if they can:
OPTIONAL CHALLENGE 1 – BUG HOTEL
If you have a garden or patio space, it would be amazing if students could gather resources to build a bug hotel, these can be as complex or simple as students want to make them.
Students don’t need to complete all of the work on it this week during immersion, as we will revisit it throughout the expedition. Again we would love to see photos of any that students build. Here is mine that I built with my son, we had a great time:
OPTIONAL CHALLENGE 2 – NEST BOX
If students have the resources and space they might want to build a small nest box.
This would be a great project to do with family members.
Again students would not need to complete it in this immersion week. It is something we will ask them to return to every week.
Details of all of the above are on Google Classroom.
There is another important challenge we will be sharing tomorrow, after which I will add a new blog post.
GOOGLE HANGOUT CLOSING CIRCLE – THURSDAY AT 3.00pm
It was wonderful to see so many students this afternoon to kick off the new expedition. Charlie even played us out of the meeting with what I believe the young people call ‘The Rave Music’.
On Thursday we will be gathering again on Google hangouts Meet at 3.00pm to see how students have been getting on with their challenges and share the photos that they send to us.
We will also share the guiding question and more exciting details about out new expedition then too.
Please do encourage your son or daughter to get outdoors and enjoy nature wherever possible, get them to send us photos and to join us in the hangout at the end of the week.
Thanks as always for your support.
Have a great week and enjoy VE Day with your family on Friday.