Today we enjoyed our first STEAM day of the year, where students took part in year group activities based on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths.
Year 7 students showed some great team working skills in CSI Aureus - 'Who stole Mrs Murphy’s dog?' Throughout the day, students assessed the crime scene, carried out some DNA profiling and fingerprinting, scene re-enactment and created photofits to try and solve the crime. They then presented their findings at the end of the day and solved the case - it was Miss Taylor!
One of our Year 7 students said: “I’ve watched CSI on TV with my parents in the past and thought it was amazing to see how it is done in real life. My favourite workshop was fingerprinting even though I got more ink on my cheeks than on my fingers!”
Year 8 teamed up to take part in a Maths focused enterprise day, Innov8, where they created a product or concept with a unique selling point, that our very own investors (Ms Sabet and Ms Saul) would be willing to back. They came up with some innovative and creative ideas such as a single app that incorporates all the social media sites and a robot dog, with some fantastic company and product names.
Our most successful entrepreneurs at the end of the day were ‘Designated Designs’ who had $8,700 invested in their company.
A Year 8 student said: “I would love to start my own business and have been given an insight into how I can achieve this. My company had potential profits of £32,000,000. I hope in the future to be able to achieve this! Gaining an insight into marketing and advertising was the session I enjoyed the most but learning about profit and loss was also incredibly interesting”
Finally, our Year 9 students were looking at ‘Art in Numeracy’. They looked at fabric designer, Tula Pink, who uses tessellation, repetition and rotation in her designs. They then had to design a mural using tessellation that demonstrates the diversity of Aureus through its use of colour. Each Coaching Group were assigned a colour palette and used different techniques to create their squares for the mural. The end results were fantastic.
Students also took part in a cooking lesson where they used their math skills to weigh out ingredients and work out cooking times. The end result were some very tasty looking chocolate chip cookies!
A special thank you to Mrs Bainbrigge, Ms Saul, Ms Sabet and Mrs Strange for organising such a fun-packed STEAM day.