Throughout May and June, Year 6 students from Sha Tin Junior School had the opportunity to take part in a full day of STEAM (Science Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) enrichment at Sha Tin College. SJS students were invited to come and work in Science laboratories to gain an insight into the day-to-day activities here at the College. The day included classes on global issues and how they can be overcome with international collaboration between multiple disciplines and organisations.
Each Year 6 class was presented with a global problem and challenged with carrying out research into this topic. They were then asked to design and build a working prototype that could help solve or alleviate the issue, before demonstrating the theories and workings of their invention. The challenges were focused around the UN’s 17 Global Sustainable Development Goals and included:
– Zero hunger
– Good health and well-being
– Clean water and sanitation
The students were placed into teams and each member was given a role to complete in order to help the group achieve their goal. Students showed excellent collaborative skills as they came up with interesting and unique ways to present their research and demonstrate their working models. Sha Tin Junior School now has working models of a hand wash station, a water filter and a floating farm to name just a few!
Students who completed this challenge will also be put forward for a British Science Association Discovery Award, for projects which “offers an introduction to real project work and give students the freedom to run their own investigations.”