Water (Water Wheel), Fire (Rainbow Candle), and Air (Air Bubbles)
ACES Challenge Entry
Radinka Zahsy Ayunindya Riyanto
SDN 01 Pelem, Bungkal
STEAM is an integrated learning approach that encourages students to think more broadly about real-world problems. It is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. The objectives of this activity include: introducing that water, fire, and air are basic needs in meeting the needs of life; improving critical thinking skills; creative thinking; collaboration; identifying problems; creating something to solve problems using technological tools; improving collaborative learning strategies; communicate effectively; encourage children to explore; find new ways, create a fun learning atmosphere; help remove blockers of ideas; focus on processes that help lead to innovation; instil a mindset to always prioritize solutions, form independence; think logically, rationally, and understand technology; accustomed to thinking empirically about the surrounding environment; able to answer the challenges of a fast-paced era; etc. This activity also improves abilities in 6 aspects of learning, namely: religious and moral values, motor, language, cognitive, social emotional, and artistry.
Learning and Competency Outcomes
This activity is one of the most meaningful learning activities because though taking part children can learn and play to learn about water, fire, and air in more depth, by being creative in an interesting way using simple and easy-to-find materials. Children can have fun looking for materials both independently or in groups. In addition, children obtain new knowledge and understanding. Example: 1. Rainbow candles: children recognize different colours, how to create them, learn that water and oil do not mix, and candles can burn using oil, etc. 2. Air bubbles: children recognize and identify the various contents in the aquarium and how to make them. 3. Waterwheel: children get to know how a water-driven propeller works.
This learning is very fun because of the 3 activities that all of them have made, They have a very high interest and curiosity. For example: 1. Children will have a high fascination and curiosity towards how to make beautiful candles. Also, how useful they are when the lights go out. 2. Children will have a high fascination and curiosity to know how to make air bubbles in the aquarium without using electric tools 3. Children will have a high fascination and want to know how to make the propeller spin fast.
1. This activity uses materials that are mostly found around the house, so it is very easy to obtain the required materials. 2. Derived from natural ingredients such as: ice cream sticks made of wood, grass, oil, stone, and others, so it does not harm children when playing. 3. Repurposing used materials, so you don’t have to buy at a high price. such as: bottles, ice cream sticks, candy handles, etc. 4. With a variety of simple materials, children are free to be creative and combine them to develop their ideas.