October 16, 2018
Books for the brain, mind and heart: students read Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) themed books for the Premier’s Reading Challenge.
This year, Inspiring South Australia once again partnered with the Premier’s Reading Challenge to continue the STEM Reading and Design Challenge. Students needed to read a STEM themed book and then complete a challenge: Years R-2 were asked to draw a picture in response to the book, Years 3-5 were challenged to plan an invention inspired by their chosen book, and Years 6-9 needed to use themes from their book to design a poster to encourage an interest in STEM in others.
Over 750 students from 30 schools entered the competition, and we hope that all the students enjoyed reading and learning something new about STEM! The school with the most entries was St Gabriel’s School, with 198 students taking part in the STEM challenge.
Harper, in Year 1 at Stella Maris Parish School, won the first age-category for their drawing based on the book ‘Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas’ by Aaron Blabey.Jesse, in Year 3 at St John’s Grammar School, won the invention category with their invention of a ‘Bilbot’ – a desert robot inspired by the desert animal adaptations described in ‘How Animals and Plants Survive in Australia’s Deserts’ by Greg Pyers.
Imogen, Briar, and Gracie, all in Year 6 at Woodend Primary School, worked together to take out first place for the poster competition after reading books on the theme of Desert Animals.
A big thank you to all the students who participated, as well as the wonderful teachers and parents for assisting in the Premiers Reading Challenge!
The Questacon Smart Skills Program is touring in the South East South Australia region and northern Victoria during Term 1, 2019. In addition to presenting in-school STEM workshops for students we will also be conducting FREE STEM based, Professional Learning workshops for teachers. Registrations are currently open for workshop 1!