Primary STEAM Electives
Our Primary students from the 5s to 11s (Prep to Year 6) embark on a variety of STEAM-focussed electives. Students diligently explore their chosen subjects and develop their skills and knowledge while building their capabilities for the future. We offer a broad variety of subjects, that vary from term to term, according to availability and interests. Below is just a selection from last years experiences.
❏ Arduino Coding & programming – Using the new ‘Eureka’ learning shield for Arduino. Students will learn and understand how a traffic signal works, blink LEDs, detect magnetic fields, light, temperature and make sounds. Led by Karl von Moller
❏ Juggling and Circus Skills – An elective for those of us who are not satisfied with games that only involve ‘one’ ball. Want a challenge? Try three balls at once! Or three scarves, rings, clubs! If that’s not enough, hone your skills in diablo or devil sticks. This elective culminated in a street performance (busking) to raise money for people who live on the streets…..Melbourne’s homeless. Led by Preshil Teacher Michael Price
❏ Fencing – Experience the Olympic sport of Fencing. Led by Pieter Leeuwenburgh from Fencing Victoria
❏ Gardening – Learn skills around gardening, growing seedlings, making gardens and more. Led by Preshil Teacher Cressida Batterham-Wilson and Year 10 Preshil Student Tom Naylor Hampson
❏ The Preshil Paper – This elective will involve creating a new Preshil School Paper for students. Led by Preshil Art Teacher and Artist, Claire Robertson and Preshil teacher Deb Heyes
❏ Taking A Line For A Walk– The children will take their inspiration from the works of Richard Long to create their own land art. Together we will investigate the functionality of a line. Led By Preshil French teacher and Artist Dominique Rowlands.
❏ Designing and Sewing A Library Bag– Learn skills around dying, cutting and sewing and applique. Led by Preshil teachers Cressida Batterham-Wilson and Rachel Bowen.
❏ World’s Oldest Stories: Australia’s Indigenous Beginnings – Learn about the rich history and traditions of the oldest civilisation in the world; discover how Aboriginal Australians live off the land without polluting it. Led by Alumna Eliana Horn.
❏ Mini Scultures– Young artists will create mini-sculptures with eco-friendly sculpture materials; maize, air-dried modelling material and found materials from nature. Led by Artist and teacher Margaret Peppard.
❏ Discover The Storyteller Inside Of You And Experience Drama Games.– A hands on and experiential process where we develop a story of our own, and ultimately ‘tell’ it – to a small supportive audience. using Preshil ‘making’ principles and some simple methods of constructing and operating basic marionettes, masks and costumes. This is also a introduction to Drama. Exploring how we express ourselves physically and vocally. led by stand-up storyteller, illustrator and artist Charlotte Jowett and Preshil teacher, actor and drama coach Paul O’Leary.
❏ Slow Food– Preparing, sharing and consuming food with a personal connection between the food producers and consumers. Potentially including a visit to the Wattle Park Green Grocer. Led by Preshil teacher Talitha Crawford.
❏ Electric Guitar Making– Not all guitars need to cost the earth! In this elective, we will be looking into how we can make guitars from simple and sometimes scrap materials. These ‘diddley bow’ guitars will be electric and we will also explore some of the unique sounds we can make using effects pedals. Led by Preshil teacher and Musician Jared Boyle.
❏ Apothecary Science – Potions & Lotions for the Human – applying their knowledge of chemistry to test, create products to tantalise the senses.
❏ Arduino Engineering – Programming & Electrical Circuits – using coding and Arduino electronic components to solve problems, design circuits creating movement, light and sound.
❏ Kerbal Space Program – Virtual Rocket Design & Testing – using the KSP software, students design and fly their own rockets and explore space at the Secondary School.
❏ Vehicle Prototyping – Design & Construction in Balsa – students develop and create working models for land, sea or sky using balsa and electrical components.
❏ Stop motion Innovation – Plan, Create & Edit – students take on the roles of the writer, director, producer and editor, patiently crafting their animations into burgeoning short films.
Students can share their learning towards the end of the year at a ‘Maker’s Fair’ during which their learning will be on display in an exhibition-style format.