The children and staff of four local primary schools have been working together for over three years to give all their learners an incredible and collaborative Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) week every March.
This model has now been used as a blue print by a number of schools who as a result of this project, also work together to create a re-STEM-erable week for all!
The day before the start of National STEM week Barry Island Primary School were fortunate to have a visit from Mad Science Wales who came along to the school to host an assembly. It was filled with fascinating science demonstrations and they even had an air-pressure powered hovercraft that lifted a child around the hall.
The following day the pupils from Barry Island, Cadoxton, Romilly and Rhws Primary School were invited to the Senedd on March 13th to help launch and celebrate National STEM week in Wales. The children were able to show case a number of different activities they had been doing in their Science work in school.
The young scientists from Barry Island Primary School had incredible feedback from the delegates and also had the opportunity to participate in a number of different STEM related workshops. As a treat for their hard work they had the chance to have guided tour around the Senedd by Mrs Eluned Parrott AM
STEM week started in Barry Island Primary School on Monday 17th March as all the children brought in their models of vehicles of the future and attended assembly very excited as to what lay ahead that week.
Mr Williams explained to the children what would be happening during the week and every child was given six LEGO bricks and were asked to create a LEGO duck during the day and bring it to the specially designed duck environment in the hall by the end of the day. Each duck would chat to its friends in the hall and be taken home at the end of STEM week.
There were lots of trips and visitors planned for the week with the children of Barry Island Primary School visiting the other schools to participate in a number of activities. One of the highlights of the week for the children of Barry Island Primary School was the visit to Cadoxton Primary School to experience the Science Dome. All the children were treated to amazing workshops about a range of scientific topics and concepts.
The children of Barry Island Primary School had an array of visitors during STEM week. The V-Pod bus worked with the school all week. The V-POD bus is owned by the Vale of Glamorgan Youth Service and managed by Vibe Experience Ltd. It is a single-decker, multimedia bus specially converted to deliver activities and services for young people.
Barry Island Primary School had visits from Mr Mellars, who works for ARRIVA Trains Wales. He talked with the children about rail safety. They had a visit from Eisteins Grandson who dazzled the children with his demonstrations and knowledge. Mr Davies, a STEM ambassador, came along to school to give an incredible insight into Mobile technology and the famous Bloodhound SSC project. Barry Island Primary School also had visits from local farmers wives who talked about how local food is produced and sold. Mr Forman from SRK Consulting, flew in especially from LA to run a workshop on mining which helped to make STEM week such a fantastic week for all the learners at Barry Island Primary School.
As well as all the incredible visits and experts who ran sessions in school during STEM week, all the teachers and support staff provided incredible, hands on, practical investigations for their children every day of STEM week. The highlight for many children was the teacher’s STEM-tastic assembly each morning where they had the opportunity to watch mind-blowing science demonstrations.
STEM week was drawn to a close on Friday 21st March when everyone from Barry Island Primary School came together to share all the wonderful learning they had done. It was a real privilege to witness the enthusiasm and motivation the pupils of Barry Island Primary School have for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and they are truly a school that is:
“Together – Learning and being our best”