During a Term 2 STEAM lesson, Year 1 held a discussion about the places people lived. They pondered why some students travel further to school than others and what type of places they live in. We considered which aspects of infrastructure and community needs are important when planning, designing and constructing a 3D model of a town. This led to the investigation 'How to design and make the perfect town using Mathematics'.
The girls spent many weeks working in pairs, discussing what a town needs and preparing a town on grid paper. Once the preparation was complete, they constructed their town using 3D models. This led to further investigation of each town by graphing how many restaurants, houses or schools each individual town had. The results varied between each group. We could also see where buildings were positioned and if the hotels were near the park or on the main road.
The investigation allowed the girls to take the role of a town planner and to be hands-on designers. It was great to see the collaboration between groups and the joy once the town was finished.
Year 1 entered their investigation journal and a sample map of a town in the Mathematics Association of NSW Investigating with Mathematics competition. The girls' incredible project was awarded 2nd place. A selection of girls and the class teachers, Mrs Tang and Ms Alker, attended the award ceremony at Santa Sabina College on Tuesday 4 September to accept the trophy on behalf of the School.
The girls will be showcasing their Mathematics investigation of 'How to design and make the perfect town using Mathematics' at the next Infants Parent Assembly. Congratulations girls!