We have an exciting week ahead of us as we explore all things STEM!
S.T.E.M is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. STEM is important because it is used in every part of our lives. Science is everywhere in the world around us. Technology is continuously expanding into every aspect of our lives. Engineering is the basic designs of roads and bridges, but also tackles the challenges of changing global weather and environmentally-friendly changes to our home. Mathematics is in every occupation; every activity we do in our lives. In addition, we know from research that the demand of STEM occupations is growing at a faster rate than any other occupation. By exposing pupils to STEM and giving them opportunities to explore STEM-related concepts, they will develop a passion for it and hopefully pursue a job in a STEM field.
In this year’s STEM week we will focus mainly on POLAR EXPLORATION covering topics such as Engineering, Climate Change, Animals, Food chains and adaptations, Oceans and many more.
Here’s a little curiosity about Penguins…
The emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) is the tallest and heaviest of all living penguin species and is endemic to Antarctica. The male and female are similar in plumage and size, reaching 122 cm (48 in) in height and weighing from 22 to 45 kg (49 to 99 lb). The dorsal side and head are black and sharply delineated from the white belly, pale-yellow breast and bright-yellow ear patches. Like all penguins it is flightless, with a streamlined body, and wings stiffened and flattened into flippers for a marine habitat.
And here is a short video about Emperor Penguins in their natural habitat. Enjoy!