How can a self-build activity of three-dimensional object promote contextual understanding and encourage the educational relationship for children?
The product, which is made up of a self-build activity with a kit and textbook, will make it possible for children to understand subject areas, science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and additionally history. The kit is prefabricated by laser cutting, and carefully drawn to be assembled without any tools and limited (if any) adult support. The textbook describes the things to be prospectively understood from the kit, for instance, how to assemble it; what scientific principle the kit implies; what application of the principle can be found in daily life. The assembling activity will make the learning experience impressive and promote discussion between students, teachers and parents.
The first kit ‘Catapult’ is designed to explain the following subject areas. They all are clearly described in the textbook.
Science: The elastic force.
Technology: The recent applications of the elastic force.
Engineering: The instruction for building the kit by children.
Mathematics: How the projectile flies.
History: The historical background of medieval weapons.
STEAM project aims to offer students contextual understanding for several subject areas by their artistry and enhance communication with teachers and parents through assembling activity. Moreover, the project leaves an impression for them to choose future careers. The project’s title ‘STEAM’ is named as combination of the STEM education and Artistry.