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18/11/2016
Highfields SS Operation Christmas Child

An immense thank you to all students and families who donated to Highfields SS Operation Christmas Child.  After lessons incorporating geography, mathematics and civics in the first week of term the library became a drop off zone for donations.  With the support of RI Co-ordinator Maureen Timperley who provided boxes and labels, Prep to Year 3 classes provided a wealth of gifts to children across the world who are not as fortunate as our students.  Below you can see a photograph of the boxes created thanks to donations.  In total 13 boxes were provided to children living in poverty who have never before experienced a Christmas gift.

 

STEM Lessons

Prep to Year Three students have been enjoying various lessons involving physics and engineering which have provided opportunities to problem solve, discuss and experiment as they learn concepts.  We have had fun with thaumatropes, construction, catapults and tower building. 

Preps and Year Ones have been engineering with repurposed cardboard.  With some help from teacher aides over 200 8cm squares were made with a variety of cuts in sides and corners.  These mini engineers had to work in pairs to create the tallest tower.  Problem solving issues such as foundations and support, overbalancing due to overextension were all hotly debated.

 

Year 2’s were challenged to build the tallest tower out of 15 pipe cleaners. This involved discussion about foundations, stability, balance and structural support. Innovative methodologies exploring surface area to achieve stability were explored.

 

After a safety discussion Year 3’s explored physics looking into what objects travelled the furtherest and the highest based on their material properties.  While they did not get to take their catapults home they learnt how to make the world’s easiest catapult for further experimentation.  Most pairs decided that the small cotton reel or rubber was the best due to its weight.