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STEM sample activities

There are 12 sample STEM activities for each learning stage:

We are currently working on updating our website, and in the new year you will find all these samples in one place.

STEM sample activities 8 to 12

Choose a learning stage from the tabs below.

Select an activity for the description, context, learning outcomes and criteria for assessing learning.

EARLY STAGE 1 (KINDERGARTEN) SAMPLE ACTIVITIES


Activity 8 – Just right

Students explore how the amount of porridge in a container influences how warm it will remain in a set amount of time.

Activity 9 – Stack it tall

Students plan and build a stable structure, equal to the height of a table, using a specified set of construction materials.

Activity 10 – Don’t Fall, Humpty!

Students design a structure for Humpty Dumpty so that he can sit safely on the wall without falling off.

Activity 11 – Frog pond

Students design and build a model of a frog pond that provides for the basic needs of frogs.

Activity 12 – Floating bridge

Students design a bridge that floats so the Three Billy Goats Gruff can cross the river and be free of the troll.

STAGE 1 (YEARS 1 AND 2) SAMPLE ACTIVITIES


Activity 8 – Oil & water pt2

Students investigate how to clean up after an oil spill.

Activity 9 – Digital Green

Students will develop an animated multimedia presentation based on a story they have written about an aspect of sustainability that interests them.

Activity 10 – Weather, weather, everywhere

Students will study weather conditions over a period of time and the general climate in their local area.

Activity 11 – One man band

Students explore sound sources by designing and making musical instruments from familiar materials.

Activity 12 – How does your garden grow?

Students will design and plant a mini herb garden in an egg carton.

STAGE 2 (YEARS 3 AND 4) SAMPLE ACTVITIES


Activity 8 – Now you see it

Students are challenged to create a tessellating pattern and use it purposefully in a product, eg a cover for their mathematics book.

Activity 9 – Pitch perfect

Students will develop an animated multimedia presentation based on a story they have written about an aspect of sustainability that interests them.

Activity 10 – Sundials and shadow clocks

Students investigate ways that people have told the time throughout history.

Activity 11 – Melting mayhem

Students will design a container to slow the melting rate of an ice cube.

Activity 12 – Build a bridge

Students design and construct a bridge using a variety of materials to carry a given mass.

STAGE 3 (YEARS 5 AND 6) SAMPLE ACTIVITIES


Activity 8 – Settler’s hut

Students design and build a model of an early settler’s hut using information gathered from historical images and natural materials that settlers may have had access to at the time.

Activity 9 – Box kite

Students investigate how moving air causes a kite to fly. They will construct a box kite using a variety of materials to investigate weight and lift.

Activity 10 – Wormy world

Students will observe the structural and behavioural characteristics of earthworms and design and build a worm habitat or worm farm.

Activity 11 – Blow it up

Students investigate how to inflate a balloon using a chemical reaction.

Activity 12 – Can we have quiet please?

Students evaluate the most effective sound insulator in order to build a room that minimises noise to its external neighbours.

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