STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Development. STEM Cumbria came into school for the day to run their Bright Sparks Workshops for Years 3, 4 and 5 as part of our Electricity topic this term.
Fran from STEM held a workshop with each class. The children were taught about different types of energy, the National grid, and components of a circuit as well as problems solving challenges involving circuits. These workshops supported our Science curriculum, and were practical and fun for the children.
They showed how electrical circuits are built and how they work. The children put together basic circuits and this experience came in useful at the next series of workshops which followed in March and these were run by Electro City.
A huge box of Lego and specialist electrical equipment excited the children’s imagination. They had to design, build and light up a model village, town or city made out of Lego bricks. It was great fun deciding between high rise buildings or smaller terrace houses, whether to put in a bridge or railway station, add a hospital or police station - the choices were endless! The best part was when their knowledge of circuits was put into practice to light up the whole location they had designed and built.
On Tuesday 10th February, Ullswater class took part in a really exciting day investigating electricity. We made circuits in parallel and series. Adding too many bulbs to the circuits really affected the brightness of the light. However, we discovered that when bulbs were connected in parallel, you could remove one and the other bulbs would still light up!
Everyone had the chance to investigate and sort a wide range of materials into two sets;- those that were conductors and those that were insulators.
It was a really fun day, with lots of experiments. We enjoyed working on our own, with a partner and in small groups throughout the day.