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Year 7 ELEMENT Project

Students in Year 7 have had been undertaking a modern and completely new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) project called ELEMENT, under the CARTS faculty. The issue “How does a plastic bottle impact the world?”, the solution? Who knows at present? Students are aiming to assess, evaluate and begin to offer practical solutions to one of the world’s biggest problems.

ELEMENT is committed to providing students in Year 7 and Year 8 modern and advanced learning, taking advantage of the most up-to-date tools at the students’ disposal. The techniques are then applied to real world problems in need of innovative solutions. This practical approach to investigating whole-world problems will allow all students to connect to their learning in an emotional level to discover why they need the skills being taught in the project.

Year 7 students have undertaken rigorous research to understand the how marine litter reaches the shores of the UK, practising advanced fieldwork techniques in school, to take these skills out into the local environment (Poldhu Cove) and collect accurate and quality data from which to inform their studies moving forward. After completing their studies at Poldhu Cove,  students performed a beach clean to remove marine litter and extend their social responsibilities to outside of the classroom. The results of this collection will allow students to produce an the end project product that will be exhibited at the end of the semester. Following the project brief products designed and manufactured from marine litter will be used to further collect marine litter at subsequent beach cleans, offering an innovative solution from completely reusable means.

Through the use of FireFly and GoogleClassroom, the level of collaboration and technical skills gained through practical classwork has been exceptional. Students have all accessed, worked on and developed work instantaneously, developing collaboration skills that will feed into the modern workplace, preparing them to become workers of the future.

Although in its infancy, the project is proving really successful and students have been enjoying learning in a modern context, aiming to help provide solutions to real world problems. By linking challenging theoretical and practical skills under the clear context of sustainability, students can see how their local solution can have a real impact on a global scale.

 

 

 

Year 8 ELEMENT Project

This semester, Year 8 students have embarked on a new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) project called ELEMENT. Using an  adapted version of the enquiry process (plan, research, investigate, analyse, design, create and evaluate), students must explore the surrounding topics associated with the essential question; “How can we engineer a sustainable world?”

ELEMENT is committed to providing students in Year 7 and Year 8 modern and advanced learning, taking advantage of the most up-to-date tools at the student’s disposal. The techniques are then applied to real world problems in need of innovative solutions. This practical approach to investigating whole-world problems will allow all students to connect to their learning in an emotional level to discover why they need the skills being taught in the project.

Year 8 students have been researching the associated problems with a rising global population and unsustainable growth whereby finding preventions and solutions is key to the survival of Earth. Students will be given a key component of a sustainable town they must design and create using Computer Aided Design and 3D printing. They will then make informed decisions to consider the sustainability of their project. On Wednesday morning students took a field trip to Plan-It Earth, Sancreed, to see a fantastic example of sustainable living in the local area. Students were treated to a tour of the eco-sustainability project by parent Rachel Smart-Knight and conducted a surveys and assessments of the environmental factors and initiatives that have been taken into consideration through its construction. The willingness of the Plan-it Earth team to open their doors in such a friendly and accommodating manner, as well as the eagerness of students to investigate sustainability made for an enjoyably productive morning.

Through the use of FireFly and Google Classroom, the level of collaboration and technical skills gained through practical classwork has been exceptional. Students have all accessed, worked on and developed work instantaneously, developing collaboration skills that will feed into the modern workplace, preparing them to become workers of the future.

Although in its infancy, the project is proving really successful and students have been enjoying learning in a modern context, aiming to help provide solutions to real world problems. By linking challenging theoretical and practical skills under the clear context of sustainability, students can see how their local solution can have a real impact on a global scale.

 

Report by Mr Hopper and Mr Lane