Hamilton – STEAM workshop

We ran a very successful STEAM workshop at Te Ao Mārama School in Flagstaff, Hamilton today. We had 15 teachers arrive at the school, several of whom I had worked with in the past, some a very long time ago! It was good to see old colleagues again. The focus today was on using the principles of STEAM pedagogy to engage students in their learning and also focusing on the soft skills of the NZC.

To focus the teachers on these soft skills we showed them the trailer from the “Most Likely to Succeed” video on Vimeo and suggested that they watch this video to make them consider how they need to adapt their pedagogy to meet the needs of our students to be successful in the workplace of the future.


Trailer for Most Likely to Succeed

The teachers had a great day and they all said that they had a lot of “fun” working on the challenges we set for them. This is how it should be in class!

Food Pyramid

I have had a pretty productive week working with schools to put together DT/HM PLD applications, I hope that they are all successful. In addition I have been working with a number of schools on some very exciting projects for term 3. We have already had a pretty innovative term 2 with our Matariki Star Domes, our AR writing projects and others.

Next term promises to be just as innovative, I have a large interactive games wall in the pipeline that will utilise Makey Makeys controlling coded tumbling dice, solderless electronics and a game board controller made from cardboard, transmedia book studies and this Food Pyramid computational thinking game designed for intermediate students, term three could be even more innovative than term 2. Watch this space for more details and contact me if you want to know more.

Students have to create a fridge that helps the user make appropriate food choices .