STEMmates has been carrying holiday programs for the last 3 years. Our recent school holiday program focused on aerodynamics and rocketry. These courses can be considered STEAM courses – or the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, plus Art.
These interesting, fun, and hands-on STEAM courses compliment the Earth and Space Science, as well as Physical Science strands of the school Science Curriculum – whilst at the same time giving students the opportunity to make their own artistic designs, as a complement to the Visual Arts strand of the Arts Curriculum.
Aerodynamics is the study of the properties of moving air and the interaction between the air and solid bodies moving through it.
Many people believe that aerodynamics might just be restricted to the aviation industry, but this is not the case. Aerodynamics is also used throughout the fields of aircraft design, automotive, naval and nautical engineering, even architecture.
Buildings are also affected by the way the wind moves around them, which may affect their structural resistance and other components. Certain shapes or features may even result in strange noises, known as Aeolian noise, excessive vibration of the buildings and unnatural pressure situations.
This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental principles of aerodynamics and flight as well as the application of these principles in the design, construction, and operation of small flying model planes & kites.
So many kids dream of growing up to become an astronaut. So, letting them build their own rocket is a great way to get them interested and launch them on that path. The rocketry course gives students a hands-on experience of designing and crafting their very own rocket ship. Students need to figure out solutions and create their rocket using trial and error. They also learn about safety and hazards and how weather and wind affect the flight path.
Both courses cover the historical understandings and development of aerodynamics and rocketry.
Students learn concepts of airflow and lift in the design and construction of paper planes, concepts of prototypes and model testing using the scientific method, concepts of airflow, lift, and torque in the design and construction of kites and rockets made of wood, paper, and plastic and even artistic design considerations of their crafts.
Students even battle their skills against each other in small competitions to see how fast their planes, kites or rockets can move. They are allowed to pit the strengths of their flying machines against one another. In addition, students are encouraged to have a little taste of competition in order to motivate them to strive for the best result. A skill that is so essential for the jobs and economy of the future.
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Imagine learning to ride a bicycle by watching a YouTube video or learning to swim by reading a textbook. Concepts are sometimes difficult to grasp until we are able to put them into practice and try them out for ourselves. This goes as well for concepts and theories taught in the classroom. Quite often, we are unable to understand something unless we can see for ourselves what they really are. In the classroom, it is easy to teach children through books, whiteboards and PowerPoint slides, but very rarely, do they really comprehend what is being taught until they go home and do their homework. Countless numbers of exercises, tests and exams and practice are the only way to get learners to truly grasp what they are learning, through applying their new knowledge.
STEMmates is proud to have been a part of Australia’s first STEAM Carnival, held at Canning Showgrounds in Perth last weekend. Parents and children were out in full force, taking advantage of both the great weather and the many activities available.