Year 4 STEM project builds bridges
May 5, 2021

A recent STEM project from Year 4 built bridges for a successful scientific future for Rydal Penrhos pupils.

“Most of our pupils will end up doing jobs that have not even been created yet….”

This is the reality. And STEM or science, technology, engineering and mathematics is there to prepare future generations of Rydal Penrhos pupils to be successful in these jobs.

STEM is much more than just science and mathematics concepts. The focus of hands-on learning with real-world applications helps develop a child or young person’s ability to think outside of the box, to project manage different scenarios, it enhances creativity and enables pupils to be more prepared for the 21st-century working environment.

Other skills attained through STEM learning include problem-solving, real-time thinking, igniting curiosity, promoting leadership and perhaps most importantly, learning from mistakes and reacting accordingly.

These important development tools go a long way in preparing them to be innovative throughout their academic subjects and various extra-curricular activities in and out of school.

Under the expert leadership of teacher Jamie McLeod, Year 4 STEM class were tasked with designing and constructing a bridge using materials provided, which saw them work in groups to produce a model for testing.

The test period came by putting objects on the model bridges, which showcased pupils’ knowledge of the structure and weight distribution as part of their designs.

Mr McLeod was so impressed, he even produced this fantastic video to recognise their achievements.

Rydal Penrhos Year 4: Building Bridges

Another job well done by Year 4 and an activity that also saw Mr McLeod’s film-making prowess add yet another string to his bow!


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