In celebration of STEAM Week 2018, the Miriam College Middle School (MCMS) featured activities that promote innovation through design thinking, communication, and collaboration. It carried the theme TWEENnovation: Advocates of Solutions and was held last February 12 to 15.
Grade 6 students explored the different learning stations of DIWA InnoLab housed at the MC-Henry Sy Sr. Innovation Center. Among the learning stations were Bato Balani Lab, Robotics Lab, Drone Lab, Virtual Reality Lab, and Meteorology Lab. The students also promoted the Zero Waste Campaign of the school by creating their very own video blog (vlog).
The Grade 7 students, on the other hand, put to test their resourcefulness, creativity, and ingenuity when they were tasked to undergo the Insta-Chair Challenge. Chair prototypes made of recycled materials such as card boards, scraps of wood, and PVC pipes were assembled with the public school students in mind.
Similarly, the Grade 8 students demonstrated their STEAM skills in an activity called Tweennov8: Design. Innovate. Collaborate. They were tasked to redesign and improve the function of an everyday object such as an umbrella using recyclable materials.
Complementing the activities were talks by two passionate and inspiring young pm about innovative products that help solve environmental problems. Rakiel Aurora Talan shared her journey of creating her very own version of a reusable menstrual cup called Sinaya Cup while Lara Jean Salaysay, owner of KaLIKHAsan, talked about products that promote a zero-waste lifestyle.
The middle school students also participated in the Search for the Best Science Investigative Project and Math Code Breakers. They enjoyed the different pocket activities such as Giant Board Games which features Jenga and Domino, Robo-wrestling, Coding Blocks, and Hack-A-Game.
The celebration was concluded by an outreach activity facilitated by the STEAM teachers last February 24. Lingap Kapwa kids from MS partner communities, Daang Tubo, Barangay Pansol, and Mary Town, were engaged in the online quiz Kahoot!, and in science experiments and math challenges.