Past Projects: STEM/STEAM Workshop Overviews


Venue of Workshop
Corinda State High School, 46 Pratten Street, Corinda

Day / Time

Friday 9:00 am to 10:00am
Friday: April 22, 29, May 6, May 20, 27, June 3 (no class in NAPLAN Week)

Program Title
(Years 4-6)

It is Rocket Science!

Rocket

Program abstract Have you wondered how people get to space? How does a rocket actually work? In this workshop students will study the history of rockets, how they have advanced through the ages, how humans first set foot on the moon, and where we are going in the future. This is an exciting precursor to Corinda State High School’s ‘Design and the Built Environment’ subject and possible inclusion in the Australian Space Design Competition. Students will have the opportunity to build a scale model of a rocket or rocket engine as they journey through time studying the history and impact of rocketry on civilisation.

  • Lesson 1: Introduction. How a rocket works, start planning and building a model.
  • Lesson 2: Early rocket history. Building the components of a rocket
  • Lesson 3: Rockets for war and peace. Continuing building the components of the rocket
  • Lesson 4: From the Earth to the Moon. Building the components of the rocket.
  • Lesson 5: The Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. Painting techniques , addition of details to rocket
  • Lesson 6: – The future of space and an introduction to the Australian Space Design Competition. Finishing the model, group photo.

Venue of Workshop

Corinda State High School, 46 Pratten Street, Corinda

Day/Time

Friday 9:00 am to 10:00am
Friday: April 22, 29, May 6, May 20, 27, June 3 (no class in NAPLAN Week)

Program Title
(Years 4-6)

Love and Terror in the Ancient World
Cleopatra
Program Abstract History is full of inspiration for authors. Climb inside Mr Gallagher’s Tardis and travel back in time to an ancient world of your choosing, then get creative with what you find there. With your fellow Time Travelers, write an illustrated historical romance, adventure, mystery or any narrative you choose.

  • Lesson 1 – Team building, decision-making and strategy, choosing a destination and a genre
  • Lesson 2 – Setting the scene: a lesson from an expert
  • Lesson 3 – Your parameters: brainstorming and planning
  • Lesson 4 – Writing and writing and writing
  • Lesson 5 – Rewriting and rewriting and rewriting
  • Lesson 6 – Presentation and reflection

Venue of Workshop

Everton Park St High School, 668 Stafford Road, Everton Park

Day/Time

Wednesdays 1:30pm – 2: 30pm
Wednesdays: April 20, 27, May 4, 18, 25, June 1 (no class in NAPLAN week)

Program Title
(Years 4-6)

Robotics
Robot
Program Abstract Robotics and automation is a branch of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer science that deals with the design, construction, operation, and application of robots, as well as computer systems for their control, sensory feedback, and information processing. Students will learn about the significant role that robots play in our everyday life and how they are changing the careers of the future. Students will then construct, program and battle their robots against the wits and talents of other students in the class to find the robot champion. Engaging in robotics is a fun activity for students that give them multiple opportunities to participate in rigorous tasks and higher order thinking skills. Students will need to design, create and communicate their thinking to produce a highly functional robot. By utilising their problem solving skills and prior mathematical knowledge skill set such as measurement, location, direction and movement, the students will create the code that will instruct their robot to complete specific steps.

Venue of Workshop

Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology, 78 Bywong St, Toowong

Day/Time

Wednesdays 1:30pm – 2: 30pm
Wednesdays: April 20, 27, May 4, 18, 25, June 1 (no class in NAPLAN week)

Program Title
(Years 4-6)

Forensics : Crime Scene Investigation
CSI
Program Abstract There have been some disturbing incidents recently at the Queensland Academy. There has been a break in, an attempted poisoning, a dog-napping and a bank robbery. We are looking to recruit some keen science detectives to study the evidence and solve these crimes. Each week you will use a variety of measurement and analysis techniques in the science lab to build your case. Activities include flame tests, chromatography, microscope work and fingerprinting. Each week students will develop identification skills, and access a wide range of primary and secondary resources. They will also learn to communicate orally and creatively using scientific language and develop a research presentation. Students will be using their scientific (logical) and imaginative sides of their brain.

Venue of Workshop

SPARQ-ed,Translational Research Institute , 37 Kent St , Woolloongabba

Day/Time

Wednesday May 18 9:00am – 2: 30pm

Program Title
(Years 7-9)

A View Inside a CellCells
Program abstract Cells are the basic unit of all life. At the core of each cell is the nucleus which contains DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) which provides instructions to enable the cell to perform millions of cellular processes every day. For medical research scientists, understanding life at a cellular and molecular level is the key to developing new treatments and cures for diseases such as cancer and diabetes. In this workshop students will examine cells, and explore the processes they perform, including manipulating and visualising DNA.Using the unique facilities available at the SPARQ-ed teaching laboratory, students will carry out a range of investigations. Students will use techniques similar those used by research scientists, to observe the structure of cells, investigate the process of cell division using time lapse photography, carry out experiments using live cells and manipulate and analyse DNA samples.