Children learn best through play; or in some cases, via group activities within a competitive setting. This was exactly what transpired when facilitators from “Creative Education and Intellect” visited R.E.A.L International School, Suria Campus, Cheras to conduct a Science workshop on 25 June 2012. They were here to meet the Primary students and to work WITH them...all in the name of learning and fun.
The workshop cum in-house camp commenced at 9am with students from Primary 4, 5 and 6 attempting to solve a ‘Road Map’ in order to win themselves points in the first of a series of challenges. In their second challenge, they were given a situation in which they had to construct a functional model using recyclable items to overcome problems that they were presented with. This was also known as the ‘Creanovator Challenge’. The children’s creations and problem-solving skills were mind-blowing!
The third challenge required the students to present their respective model designs and gain points for their groups. Last but not least, it was Pop Quiz time in the fourth and final challenge where students pitted their wits and knowledge against each other to answer questions related to what they had just learnt in order to collect points in a last-ditch effort to improve their overall standings.
The facilitators were very friendly and knew how to interact and connect with Primary school students. They were also professional in their approach and carried out the workshop thoroughly and effectively. All in all, it was an awesome day for the students as well.
In addition to learning new things, this Science Camp had also enabled the students to display and hone their Interpersonal and Effective Communication Skills - both part of the ‘Five R.E.A.L Pillars of Life’. This was evident during their group work activities and when presenting their model designs in front of others. Teamwork and cooperation were fostered among them, as they pulled towards the same direction. At R.E.A.L Schools, such value-added activities are the norm in order to stimulate our students’ interest in learning that is beyond the typical classroom environment.