Tuesday 9th November was the 1st ever Ivanhoe S.T.E.A.M. Show. Students across the school were invited to submit proposals of projects they would like to investigate, and successful applicants who had put together a detailed plan of how their project would work were invited to take part in the final competition and show. They were encouraged to pick an adult mentor who could act as a sound board for their ideas, but the work completed was entirely the students' own. Mentors included staff from school, parents, grand parents and even some local university professors.
Ivanhoe staff and visitors to the show including students' families and representatives from businesses 3M, Sony Ericcson and Tesco were overwhelmed with the phenomenal standard of work and commitment from the students as well as impressed with the breadth of subject matter.
All students spent many hours preparing for the show, some working individually and some as part of teams. On the evening of the show the students manned stalls and made presentations to visitors. The students, aged 11-14, displayed immense maturity in their presentation skills and their technical vocabulary and confidence in public speaking was impressive . They were obviously well versed in their subject matter as they answered any questions thrown at them, and many were already planning how they could develop their projects further.
On the evening a number of prizes were awarded across a variety of categories. Students received Amazon vouchers as prizes.
Together they used Social Media to investigate if there was a correlation between the condition Cold Urticaria (where people have severe reactions to the cold) and other allergies. The girls used social media to gather over 160 responses from sufferers of the condition.
They worked wonderfully together to investigate whether emotional responses had an effect on the pulse rates of their test subjects. The girls are already planning how they could make improvements to the test conditions to yield clearer results.
The girls in this group worked completely independently, without asking for any adult input, and produced an impressive experiment looking at the best composition of ingredients to create bath bombs. Their visual presentation on the night proved a hit with visitors.
Elizabeth produced an impressive hand made model of the brain using papier mache, delivery tubes and cable ties and was able to use this to demonstrate how chemicals travel around the brain. She also investigated how autism has an effect on the brain functions.
Inspired by an episode of Supervet where they had seen Hydrotherapy used to treat animals, this group investigated the practice and came up with a prototype design they thought could be used to allow hydrotherapy to be used to treat problems with the mouth and jaw.
Joss had undertaken a fantastic investigation into how our lung capacity decreases with ages. Not only was she able to give an in depth explanation of the reasons why, and the effect this had on people's health, she also made her display for the show interactive so that people could have their lung capacity tested.
Following a short lesson in computer coding, Daisy independently designed and built a website from scratch, aimed at young people to help them with studying. Daisy was our youngest winner having only joined the school in September this year.
This award was sponsored by Tesco and was awarded to Tom who created an prototype app to help young people manage their money. Not only did it help track income and outgoings, but it also could be linked to internet banking, and so was an obvious winner for this award.
Subject Leader for Computing, Mr Thornewill said, "I’ve been blown away by the high quality & shear variety of students’ projects. It’s made me very proud to see the passion and huge effort that has been made in producing outstanding projects. It was a very tough decision on who won an award."
Subject Leader for Design, Ms Konig said, "It was incredible to see the dedication on display. Students had been working with professional scientists, university researchers, and cutting edge technology and were able to discuss their research and development confidently with other adults and visitors to the show. The high point of my year so far!"
The judging for the awards was very difficult due to the high standard, we wish we could have given everyone an award. We look forward to seeing what exciting projects will be exhibited at next year's show.
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