We believe in fostering creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills in our young learners. Through hands-on activities, students will explore the fascinating world of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. Join us on this incredible journey as we inspire the next generation of innovators and change-makers.
Carmel School places emphasis on nurturing young minds and encouraging curiosity through experiential learning. The recent Grade 3 Science Fair (14 June 2023) was a showcase of students' enthusiasm and high level of acquired scientific knowledge: they researched, questioned and explored through the lens of simple machines. The final unit of inquiry of the academic year was a focus on ‘How the World Works’, with the central idea prompt: ‘Machines make work easier for people’.
The exhibition provided an opportunity for our budding scientists to demonstrate their understanding of basic physics concepts and how these principles are utilized in everyday life, as well as develop their presentation skills in front of an audience. As with previous similar events, the general aim was also to promote practical knowledge, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
A World of Simple Machines
Grade 3 students impressed everyone with their knowledge and creativity as they explored the fascinating world of simple machines. The fair featured a diverse range of projects showcasing different types of simple machines such as pulleys, levers, inclined planes, screws, wedges, and wheels and axles.
Students were given the freedom to choose any simple machine that piqued their interest. They then went on to design and construct various models that illustrated the functioning of these machines in real-life scenarios. Each project displayed a combination of scientific principles and imaginative solutions.
Parent visitors were treated to a variety of engaging exhibits from miniature seesaws demonstrating the power of levers to working cranes showcasing pulley systems, every project had a unique element designed to solve a real-world problem.
One project involved constructing a model staircase using inclined planes. Students demonstrated how an inclined plane can facilitate easier transportation of a pet over vertical distances by reducing the effort required to climb stairs or ramps. This exhibit beautifully highlighted one of the fundamental applications of simple machines in our daily lives.
Hands-On Learning Experience
Presentation, demonstration, and question response skills were put to the test, as the exhibition format encouraged active participation from visitors. The students enthusiastically explained the science behind their projects and invited attendees to ask questions and interact with their projects. This hands-on approach allowed everyone to gain a deeper understanding of the concepts explored.
Fostering a Passion for Science
The Carmel School Grade 3 Science Fair was not just an event; it was a celebration of scientific inquiry, creativity, and collaboration. By nurturing their curiosity and encouraging them to explore scientific concepts early on, we hope to inspire our young learners to pursue their passions further in STEAM subjects. We are proud of our Grade 3 students’ accomplishments and eagerly await what lies ahead on their scientific journey.
To all those involved in making this science fair possible—students, teachers, parents—we extend our heartfelt gratitude for your unwavering support. Together, we have nurtured a generation that will shape the future through innovation and scientific discovery!
Ms. Tessa Hammond, Grade 3 Teacher
Mr. Salvador Cabanilles, Grade 3 Teaching Assistant