Pupils encouraged by teachers and experts set to go full STEAM ahead

SLIME TIME Rose Hill students investigate materials

Last week children at Rose Hill School participated in their annual STEAM Week. The Times finds out more about this academic yet fun celebration of science, technology, engineering, art and maths…


The theme for Rose Hill School’s 2022 STEAM Week – a focus on science, technology, engineering, art and maths – was ‘What’s the matter?’

All year groups at the co-ed independent school got involved in the investigations during each of their relevant lessons last week.

The idea behind the STEAM event is for pupils to fully engage and have fun exploring  these particular areas of the curriculum.

A Rose Hill School spokesperson told the Times: “The week kicked off with an action-packed assembly covering the three states of matter, which saw bold members of staff harnessing the power of mass to topple objects, blow giant smoke rings and mould theatrical masks.”

The school, located in Coniston Avenue, Tunbridge Wells, is one of the oldest preps in the country, accepting children aged 3 to 13.

Also making an appearance at last week’s STEAM week was the team from Explorer Dome – a popular science outreach organisation – who enthralled the whole school with their ‘Solids, Liquids and Gases’ show.

“Pupils watched as balloons disappeared, a banana became a hammer and rockets, powered by dry ice, flew across the theatre. They were literally blown away by the explosive energy inside their breakfast cereal!” explained the spokesperson.

Pupils also heard from a civil engineer who talked about how her role encompasses all elements of STEAM. The youngest Rose Hill pupils turned solids into liquids and vice versa when creating art from frozen paint and cooked with melted chocolate and crushed biscuits.

“Other highlights included marvelling at the properties of ‘Oobleck’ (gloopy, slimy and solid), a non-Newtonian fluid, that acted as both a solid and a liquid in science!”

Rose Hill’s Head Emma Neville, added: “Every year in STEAM Week we investigate a different question which helps build on the development of language, logic and problem-solving skills within the classroom and beyond, this year has been no exception. I cannot wait to see what we will be looking at next year!”

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