STEM

Westside STEM Fair

From Sticky Sand to Marble Races, Grade 3 & 4 Amaze!

The Grade 3 and 4 classes were tasked with a unique and challenging project: create interactive STEM activities for their fellow students in the FYP, and then present them. They succeeded beautifully in this year's STEM Fair, produced by the incredible duo of Mrs. Jones and Ms. Munro.

The students' projects ranged from blindfolded engineering and a marble maze to building with sticky sand and magnet races. The broad spectrum of creativity and design on display was impressive. 

The STEM Fair day began and ended with a gathering in the Learning Commons, first to discuss STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and then to do a virtual activity where students had to ask 20 questions to another school that was streamed in live. Both schools were trying to determine through design-thinking where the other was located. Students were fascinated by this activity! 

The Grade 3s and 4s demonstrated their leadership and teamwork skills throughout the day as they presented their projects, ensured everyone was participating and following the guidelines, and shared their duties as facilitators with their project team members. 

They even encouraged participants in K to 2 to use the school values while doing the activities. "Remember to use teamwork for this!" instructed one student to her group of sticky-sand builders.  

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The Robot Queens

First, it started out as a little car. 

It was a bit delicate, but at least it could do turns. Then something went wrong. The little car was mysteriously dismantled. And the Robot Queens had to start all over again.

Madeline, Claire, and Sabine are The Robot Queens. 

They're three girls in Grade 6 who've been teaching themselves robotics with the help of three kits that were given to Westside back in December. These robotics kits had a fatal flaw: they were missing instructions.

This might have been for the best. Because without instructions you're free to make whatever you want.