Earlier this month, the Middle Years students tried their hand at Geography Fieldwork. Fieldwork is an important component of the subject, as it allows budding geographers to not only collect data and run tests, but to also engage with the world around them.
The first task for the budding geographers was determine if longshore drift was occurring at Starfish Point. Longshore drift is a process that can change shorelines and cause erosion. Waves and prevailing winds can draw sand away from beaches – something we don’t want to see at Starfish Point! As an experiment, we threw a bunch of corks into the water. The corks would act as giant granules of sand for us to observe. What we saw was that longshore drift does occur at Starfish Point; the corks were carried by the direction of the waves quickly along the shore line. This showed us that the waves pull sand back out with them, and repeat this process as the waves move down the coast.
The S.T.E.M. fair is focused cultivating and deepening the Elementary and Middle Years students’ interest in and zest for innovation and discovery, by sharing and showcasing their work in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
Enthused by the opportunity to display their work, the Upper Elementary East students have honed in on producing collaborative projects focusing on a diverse range of topics, including probability, food webs and biomes, and air experiments. These independently-researched and produced projects will be on display with pride on Wednesday, May 30th.
Thank you to Ms. Taylor, MYP teacher, for organizing the event and inspiring all the students.
If you are able to make the fair, it would provide a wonderful opportunity to interact with the students and learn about topics involving science, technology, engineering and math. We look forward to seeing you all at the fair, and to learning from the students as they share their knowledge.