Girvan Primary school held a STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) week recently.
STEM is a method of teaching these subjects in an integrated way to illustrate their relevance to each other and to highlight their importance to people and society.
On the Tuesday some P7 children became “Science experts” for the day as they taught children from the rest of the school a variety of science concepts.
Ronnie from Ayrshire RSPB gave a talk and held an interactive workshop on coastal birds, Stephan Ball gave a workshop on wifi and morse code with the P6s, visitors from Neogen gave a talk on food testing and Stewart Maxwell from Grants held a workshop on chemical reactions.
Dr Nick Martin from Ayrshire Astronomy Club gave a talk and gave the children an opportunity to look directly at the sun using solar telescopes and P3(1) visited Dumfries House to do workshops on the science of farming from field to fork.
On Wednesday Fergus Blair,(who has a studio recording background), mixed digital music with the P6s.
Local vet Hamish Denham did a presentation on x rays and ultra sound and Michael Ceates from Nestle gave a workshop using “Lego Mindstorm” robotics.
The Girvan Lifeboat crew taught children water safety at sea. Visitors from Scottish Water gave a talk and demonstration about water treatment and P4’s visited the library to view the non-fiction and science texts.
On the Thursday rangers from Culzean held a variety of workshops on the subjects of sea and short life, minibeasts, seed dispersal, birds, animals and fossils with children throughout the school.
Glen from Hoots Owls brought a variety of owls and other birds of prey and gave talks about the birds and provided a thrilling sries of flying diplays to the delights of all the children and staff. P3 (2) had their visit to Dumfries House.
On Friday visitors from Dowhill Farm gave a talk on food and farming and Generation Science came with their road show on the subjects of “The Wonderful World of Water”.
The following Monday the “Aiyla Says” team with Finn the Newfoundland dog came to give a talk to the whole of Girvan Nursery and Primary school on water safety and how Newfoundland dogs are used as rescue dogs at harbour galas, regattas and other water events around the county.
The day was rounded off with a closing ceremony which summed up the achievements of STEM week in an informative and highly entertaining way.
All the individuals who visited the school were happy to be invited and be involved with the children’s education and indeed some of the visitors have children at Girvan Primary.
Many of the visitors gave excellent feedback on their visits and were impressed by the good behaviour and enthusiasm of the children of Girvan Primary school.
The school is very grateful to all the visitors for their help and involvement and the children all learned a huge amount and had a lot of fun into the bargain.
Many thanks go to members of staff on the STEM committee who helped to organise the event; particularly Miss Blackie, who as committee leader was the driving force of the project and did a magnificent job in organising the event and contacting all the individuals, organisations and businesses involved.