STEAM at Caldicott

24 January 2020

 

Learning about new technologies and using them to fulfil potential in a variety of skills is what drives the Computing, Science, Maths and also Arts curriculum at Caldicott. Boys are always learning new ways to do things, new skills to adapt to situations and new ideas to help with fulfilling their potential.

In order to successfully encourage the boys to take part in exciting activities, Caldicott regularly involves them in a variety of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) initiatives.

This week, six Year 7 boys visited BETT, the world’s largest education tech fair held at the ExCel centre in London. They enjoyed investigating the technological trends of the year which featured sustainability, interactive learning and a lot of new ways to use Microbit devices in projects.

In school, the 2020 Caldicott Lego League has recently started for boys in Year 6. It is a bespoke Lego robotics competition using specialist Caldicott mats and programmed robots. It is a great way to teach boys coding, problem-solving and design. There will also be an open competition for boys in Year 5 and above, with practice taking place during CodeClub. The school is fortunate to now have 21 EV3 robots, which is enough for everyone in a class to have their own. An exciting development for this year is an inter-school competition with Watford Boys Grammar School in May. The best-placed boys in the Caldicott competition will be invited to take part.

Other STEAM activities coming up this year include the Year 6 trip to the Big Bang STEAM Fair in March and a sleepover at the National Space Centre in April, and Year 5 will be taking part in a First Lego League Junior Expo in May. The theme this year is ‘Boomtown Build’ and boys will begin their preparations after Easter. The Expo will be based at Caldicott and open to other schools; many have already signed up along with Balfour Beatty who are kindly planning one of the activities.

Looking ahead, Caldicott is considering entering a team into the Formula 1 in Schools competition in the Autumn Term and into the First Tech Challenge UK competition, a robotics contest using more complex self-designed robots.

There is lots to look forward to as Caldicott develops exciting STEAM based initiatives for all boys to take part in. STEAM subjects work well with other more traditional subjects at Caldicott, such as Greek and Latin and History. The all-encompassing education at Caldicott strives to teach boys a variety of skills that they can use to become all-round global citizens.

 

STEAM Activities at Caldicott

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