Flag Pole STEM Challenge

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM uses hands-on learning activities and creative design skills to solve meaningful problems.

As part of our Push Pin Inquiry into India Room 11 and 16 looked at the flag for India. The students had to colour in an Indian flag using the correct colours. Next, they had to make a pole for their flag. Their challenge was to make the longest flag pole.

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This challenge had specific rules. The children were in groups of 3. They had to work together as a team.

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Mason, Reid and Ryleigh working together to make the tallest flag pole.

I liked making the flag pole but it was hard to make the ice block sticks stay straight. 

- Mason

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Indigo, Linay, Lilly and Mila creating their flags.

I liked working in a team. We could help each other. 

- Linay

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I liked working with my team. It was fun.

- Ihaka

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Key Competencies

Relating to others:
  • share ideas
  • listen actively
  • recognise different points of view
  • negotiate
 Participating and contributing:
  • contribute appropriately as a group member
  • make connections with others
Thinking:
  • be curious
  • ask questions
  • actively seek new knowledge
  • reflect on their own learning

Technology Curriculum-Technological Practice (level 1):

  • describe how they constructed their flag pole
  • list the materials they are used
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