STEM for Life

Although the debate rages regarding the cause of climate change, the challenges our children will face as adults are linked to how we manage the resources of the planet at a time of change. These challenges are summarised in the Sustainability Goals developed by the United Nations. These are grouped in the following way.

1. Poverty

2. Zero Hunger

3. Good Health and Wellbeing.

4. Quality Education.

5. Gender Equality.

6. Clean Water and Sanitation.

7. Affordable Clean Energy.

8. Decent Work and Economic Growth.

9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure.

10. Reduced Inequality.

11. Sustainable Cities and Communities.

12. Responsible Consumption and Production.

13. Climate Action.

14. Life Below Water.

15. Life on Land.

16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.

17. Partnerships for the Goals.

These separate headings, devised by the United Nations, all link back to sustainability of the planet itself. Making primary aged children aware of how science and technology can improve lives and lie within these goals is the aim of the project.

This two year project has been designed to follow the following pattern:

Term One - The problems our planet is facing, climate change, pollution etc.

Term Two - Science and Technology from the Sun.

Term Three - Science and Technology from the Wind.

Term Four - Science and Technology from Water.

Term Five - Science and Technology in Habitats.

Term Six - Science and Technology in Recycling.

Model-making is a central plank of this project where we have children create models to hold a virtual science fair showing how they can build everyday devices using renewable energy. In this way young children solve problems at their level which reflects upon the problems they will face as adults.