Continuing Term 2’s Pirate-themed learning, Year 2 scientists embarked upon some STEM challenges to examine the concepts of buoyancy and movement. Students used their science understanding to analyse and solve problems for the Pirate Crew. The context of a sunken pirate ship led to an exploration of how things float and why things sink. Students tested how many blocks could float on a piece of tin foil, experimenting with the shape and weight of the foil ‘ship’. Some scientists were even tasked with moving a treasure chest using mechanisms built with limited resources. These challenges encouraged students to develop their independent thinking skills to solve complex problems.
Year 2 students were introduced to problem-solving and scientific methods through their key text, The Most Magnificent Thing, in the beginning of Term 2. Similar to our Year 2 scientists, the main character loves inventing and creating, but faces many challenges. She is frustrated by these problems, but learns to calmly analyse the situation and find solutions. Through scientific thinking, Year 2 students are encouraged to develop solutions to problems and to learn from their mistakes and challenges. While the STEM challenges are based in science, students learn to think creatively through inquisition, reflecting on what works, or what doesn’t, and adapting their solutions accordingly. Year 2 scientists also practiced collaborative communication, working together to strategise, build and implement solutions for the Pirate Crew.