Name of school: Odyssey The Global Preschool @ Orchard
Name of activity: The Likeable Lever
Description of activity:
In the beginning, children explored random materials, such as wooden planks, rulers, cardboard rolls and blocks. This exploration allowed children to observe, think and question, leading up to our project on simple machines: how and why levers function
the way they do.
The children were engaged in several activities and experiments that involved STEAM approaches. The highlight of the project was when children took on the role of engineers as they drafted ideas for their levers and tested them using different materials.
The children were able to apply newly gained knowledge to the design and creation of a mobile lever and made necessary modifications for improvement.
During a Children’s Showcase, the children displayed their works and engaged their families through a series of fun experiments. They also used an application on the iPad, named ‘Simple Machines by Tinybop’ to demonstrate how a lever
works through an exciting game!
School’s Perspective on STEAM Education:
Our projects revolve around holistic development where the children get to explore, discover and make meaning of Math, Art, Science, Engineering, Language and Technology. We believe that STEAM education is in line with the way that we carry out our projects.
Thus, we facilitate and plan inquiry-based activities that focus on these interdisciplinary skills. Each activity provides opportunities for exploration and growth, self-learning and making judgments based on trial and error. All in all, our school
believes that STEAM education will encourage children to explore and engage in problem-solving skills and critical thinking skills that will allow them to grow and become innovative adults.