Falinge Park High School
Opening Doors; Unlocking Potential
Curriculum Aims - STEAM
STEAM is a cross-curricular collaboration between the Science, ICT, Technology and Mathematics departments. We engage pupils in STEAM through a variety of opportunities both in lessons and in extra-curricular opportunities by integrating their knowledge of STEAM subjects and encouraging pupils to think in a more connected and holistic way. Within this we aim to highlight the importance and relevance of STEAM and to show students the wide ranging STEAM careers that are available to them.
The STEAM departments have worked together on a wide range of activities that include:
- STEAM Club – We provide pupils with a range of fun activities and competitions for all year groups which allow them to develop practical skills, to explore scientific ideas and to enjoy Science. The activities completed in STEAM club would not normally be done in lessons and sometimes uses specialist equipment not found at home. The club has been running successfully every week for three years.
- Raspberry Pi Club – a pupil led club with Mr Hodgson that focuses on using Python programming language to network Raspberry Pi’s.
- Young Scientists – a club for Key Stage 3 pupils run by M Woodhead and Mrs Jaffa-Brown to develop scientific vocabulary through experiential learning. Pupils work on different scientific investigations over a period of 6 weeks and present their newly acquired skills to staff and family members at a celebration event.
Other STEAM activities include:
- Robot orchestra – as part of the European City of Science celebrations 4 pupils collaborated with Manchester University to create a digital Theramin involving a Raspberry Pi and a Drone.
- Light fantastic festival – a festival at the Museum of Science and Industry where pupils focused on the wide and varied uses of light which they then used in an art project.
- Talent 2030 Competition – pupils competed in a national competition to find a possible engineering solution to a twenty first century problem.
- International bridge building challenge – pupils competed via an online video conference call against Al Khor School Qatar. The competition involved designing, building and testing a structure to carry a marble across a space between two tables. It was a close run thing with FPHS just winning on the last round.
- Meet the Engineer – visits from various engineers who spoke to pupils from years 7, 8 and 9 about STEAM careers and offered a question and answer session.
- The Pringle challenge – pupils had to package a single pringle using only paper and cotton wool, which were then sent in the post to Al Khor School in Qatar.
- Science/STEAM week – Every March the science and technology department dedicate an entire week to STEAM related learning. The week usually sees our year 7 and 8 pupils taking part in problem solving activities seeing whether they have what it takes to become an engineer.
- IET Faraday challenge – pupils worked as a team to design and program a BBC Microbit to alert transporters if there was a problem with any cargo; where their pitch also included how it could be further developed to cover Amazon deliveries using drones.
- Science busking –STEAM ambassadors to came into school and showcased some amazing science experiments to our year 7 pupils (which was enjoyed by both pupils and staff alike!).
- Stellarium project – a project in partnership with Manchester University where pupils are communicating astrophysics through creative dance.
As a result of our work, we are the first school in the country to be awarded the Excellence in STEAM award by the Museum of Science and Industry. Also, the school has now been accredited with STEAM embedded status from STEAMNET. This is in recognition that the school “continually exposes our young people to inspirational STEAM activities which inspire them to be the innovators of the future and allow students the opportunity to develop skills needed to be successful.”