Invergarven Special School recently worked in partnership with Barr and Barrhill primary schools to provide a wealth of exciting STEM activities.
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
All three schools participated in a visit to the Science Centre in Glasgow to start off their science-packed week.
Throughout the week, each school took a turn at hosting activities, enabling all the pupils to come together, building on friendships and sharing knowledge. Barr hosted a Planetarium activity, Barrhill delivered a day of workshops including cooking, the body and engineering and Invergarven hosted a day of experiments involving electricity, solar system, chemical changes and biodiversity.
The three schools also made use of the community as they participated in nature trails and den building at Culzean. There was also a mini-beast workshop from Zoolab, and Invergarven pupils experienced some chicks hatching!
At the end of the week the three schools participated in a STEM celebration , sharing what they had learned and enjoyed over the week. All the children and young people were presented with medals and certificates. A STEM champion was chosen for each school, and was presented with a trophy. Special guests from South Ayrshire Council joined the celebration.
This was a fantastic opportunity to build on existing school links, and for the young people across the three schools to share experiences with their peers. Here are some quotes from some of the children and young people:
‘I worked with a group to make the biggest bubble tower!’ Alex
‘I learned that you have to make a complete circuit to make a light work’ Bailey
‘I enjoyed making dens outside’ Aiden
‘I learned how to do a design task’ Stephen
‘I really enjoyed making new friends’ William