STEAM skills tested by QEF affiliate school Principals in QGAP’s Makerspace

A group of 20 principals and teachers from QEF’s affiliate schools in the Eastern Cape town of Komani sat side by side and had a bit of fun this afternoon in the Makerspace class of the Queenstown Get Ahead Project, learning first-hand just what it takes to enhance cross-curricular teaching – and learning – in one class, with STEAM subjects.

Read more about GAP’s Makerspace from our invitation to all QEF affiliate schools published last week.

The afternoon event was designed by Makerspace teacher Sarah-Lee Frewen and was intended by QEF to grow collaboration among QEF’s affiliate schools which are fast looking to each other for internationally-inspired but home-grown paedogogical methodologies to help their learners integrate the skills they need to navigate through the challenges and opportunities of the 4th Industrial Revolution. The delegates were tasked with building an elevated structure, in budget, that would use gravity to transport a marble. Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths skills were needed by the delegates to complete the assignment against the clock.

The group of 20 people who attended included Mariette Visser, Executive Director of the Get Ahead Project schools, Pieter Steyn, Principal of GAP College and Bonnie Thomas, Principal of GAP Whittlesea. They were joined by other QEF-affiliate school principals Mr Janse van der Ryst of Queen’s College Boys’ High School, Mr Lester Pike of Queen’s College Boys’ Primary School and Mrs Bianca Le Roux of Balmoral Girls’ Primary School and Mr Henco Serfontein of Laerskool Hangklip. Teachers from Queenstown Girls’ High School and Southbourne Primary School, as well as Hoerskool Hangklip High School, also attended. A delegation from Khululeka, a non-profit organisation that specialises in resources and training in Early Childhood Development, also attended. Rounding off the guest list was Roderick Sutton, Chairman of QEF and Jacqueline Wijtenburg its General Manager. Last but not least was Allister van Schoor, Chair of QEF’s Digital Committee.

Feedback from all who participated was a good indication that the session was thought provoking and had presented a few ideas to play with. No doubt their relationships with one another were strengthened too.

Thank you QGAP for sharing your inspiration with us all!