Friday 8th February was a special fun-filled day at Start-Rite School as we opened our doors to Parents, pupils and visitors to explore exciting, hands-on activities related to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics known as STEAM.
The day started with a red carpet as parents, visitors and pupils waited for the official opening of the Start-Rite Schools STEAM Fest 2019. The audience was wowed with an introduction with presentations by the pupils on how STEAM-centred learning works for the five areas of STEAM.
In addition, the audience was given a presentation by Mr. Philip Reynolds, Principal on how Art and Science in times past have often been used to understand and describe the world around us which linked to the present day.
We also had a presentation by Olufunto Boroffice CEO of Chanja Datti about developments in Abuja with recycling and their new incentive of ‘cash for waste scheme’ which was being rolled out in the Capital City.
The audience was also wooed by the Robotics and Coding Club who built and programmed a working robot which they demonstrated to the delight of the audience.
The African Dance and Drama Club depicted the differences between traditional learning and STEAM-centred learning in dance. After which, the children invited the audience to see the class-based exhibitions, activities, entertainment, be educated and experience STEAM-centred learning firsthand.
The day was organised to allow students, parents, and teachers the opportunity to see and engage in making activities across multiple categories:
• Think, Design, Create
• Arts and crafts
• Building and making things
• Hands-on Science
• Robotics, Electronics, Coding, and Things that Go Beep!
• Science in action with oozing, bubbling and electrifying stuff
All classes took part in the STEAM Fest event and undertook different elements. As you will see from the pictures, ideas, and creativity where abound. All activities were experiential so visitors were able to touch it, interact with it and test it, experiment with it and sometimes even take it home in this awe-filled jaw-dropping STEAMtastic event. The children were on hand to discuss their projects and explain how they made them, the materials used and how they were used including history and development.
STEAM Fest 2019 definitely ignited the curiosity of our students, parents, and visitors!