August the 30th saw HEIA SA host over 20 design and technology teachers, all eager to hear about a successful pilot STEM project, between Haigh’s Chocolates and Blackwood High School, which was supported by the Department of Education and Child Development.
We all enjoyed a presentation of the project, facilitated by Carole Holroyd and Wesley Dennis. They shared the experiences their year 8 students enjoyed whilst working through an industry based challenge, that integrated both Food Technology and Design Technology.
Haigh’s Chocolates, one of South Australia’s most iconic brands, set a challenge for Carole and Wesley’s students to design and make a variety of marshmallow-based products, presented in creative packaging, that would successfully reflect the Haigh’s brand. With a strong focus on both mathematics and science woven through the course, students were engaged in a project that encouraged collaboration, critical thinking and innovation; something that we know we all do so well in our subject area. The evening showcased how well Food Technology fits into STEM learning, and how successful a project can be with collaboration and interdisciplinary teaching between faculties.
As well as enjoying the presentation of such a challenging project, we were able to take part in some of the practical activities enjoyed by their students. These included fruit gel and marshmallow making, as well as gaining an understanding of laser cutting. A display similar to that presented to Haigh’s on completion of the project was available to view; this created a wonderful opportunity for inspiration and the sharing of ideas.
We would like to thank Blackwood High School for hosting the evening.