STEM Zone For Schools
Our STEM Zone is a purpose-built workshop created with the support of South32 Illawarra Metallurgical Coal to deliver bespoke, hands-on small group STEM learning to schools. The workshop is fully equipped with classroom sets of the latest technologies as well as engineering and building materials to enable in-depth STEM learning and augmenting experiences in our shows and on the exhibition floor.
We encourage all school groups who book with us to include a STEM Zone Challenge as part of their visit and have prepared a set of engaging challenges for all ages detailed below.
STEM Zone Challenges
We have 4 different 30min STEM Challenges that we will adapt to the student year level and learning needs:
Tower Challenge Yr K-10
- Explore the Engineering Design Process as you build the ultimate freestanding tower from limited materials! Are you up for the challenge?
Yr K-2: Build the tallest tower possible
Yr 3-6: Build the tallest and strongest tower – must hold a weight for 30 seconds
Create a Creature Challenge Yr K-10
- You have discovered a new species unknown to science but have forgotten to pack your camera. Create a model of your creature before it runs away! Think about the physical characteristics and behaviours of your new species and assign a name like a biologist based on Latin terminology. Explore habitats, adaptations and more!
Bridge Challenge Yr 3 – 10
- Explore the Engineering Design Process as you construct a bridge from K’nex and restricted materials. Your bridge needs to stretch across the river and hold as much weight as possible!
Boat Challenge Yr K-10
- Yr K-2: Explore buoyancy as we test whether different objects sink or float. Build a boat out of aluminium foil that can float and hold the most amount of mass possible!
Year 3-10: Compete in our sailboat championship as you build the ultimate vessel! Learn about buoyancy and streamlined shapes as you explore sailboat engineering design.