Ron’s Ramp Adventure Project: Explained
Ron’s Ramp is a Key Stage 1 project designed for ages 6-7 from the STEM in Action range. The project explores the effect of forces on objects and features Ron, a skateboarding armadillo, who wants to make a skateboard ramp that is safe for everyone. Through engaging practical exploration, slopes and surfaces are brought to life. Students are introduced to the effects of friction and gradient on motion and distance, while exploring the concepts of guessing (predicting) and recording data. They also learn about measurement and using graphs to problem solve as they are challenged to engineer the ramp so that Ron goes far… but not too far!
Ron’s Ramp Adventure Project is very engaging as it is totally interactive and develops a variety of key skills including:
- Understanding properties of friction and its effects
- Recording data and measuring
- Working in teams
STEM in Action is a new range of hands-on, ready–to-teach classroom projects for key stages 1 and 2. They integrate Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and focus on different concepts such as heating and cooling, earthquakes and the earth’s characteristic
- Step-by-step student activities
- Teacher’s guide
- Assessment tools
- Homework activities
- Activity materials
“All of the children that used this kit developed further their social skills (turning taking, cooperation etc). Our school also has a very high percentage of EAL children and these sorts of activities are great at encouraging the children to develop their speaking and listening skills further. The debating that occurred of possibly ways forward and potential pitfalls was great.” – David Williams,
Parkfield Community School
STEM in Action: Benefits for the teacher
Reduces teacher workload
- Requires minimal planning and preparation
- Each project saves up to 12 hours of prep-time with lesson plans, assessment tools and the resources needed for each activity supplied and ready-to-use
Brings confidence to STEM teaching
- Provides pre-planned, step-by-step lesson plans with helpful hints and tips
- Includes easy-to-use teacher support materials, such as how-to videos and useful ‘STEM prompt’ sheets
Links to National Curriculum for England (2014) and the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence
Provides value for money
- With reusable materials and photocopiable or downloadable worksheets, the resources can be used year-after-year
- Includes materials for up to 30 students
STEM in Action: Benefits for the student
Brings STEM subjects to life
- Each activity is practical, hands-on and age-appropriate, making STEM learning engaging and exciting
- Each scenario-based project solves a true-to-life problem, creating context and helping students make sense of what they are learning
Develops life skills
- STEM in Action™ builds key, transferable skills in problem-solving, team work, communication and independent & creative thinking, preparing students to be work- and citizen-ready
Builds STEM confidence
- Each project follows the Engineering Design Process; this builds understanding with the reassurance that there are no wrong answers, rather opportunities to develop and improve
STEM in primary
STEM is more than just an amalgamation of four areas of learning; it’s about how children learn. Each STEM in Action project takes children through the Engineering Design Process, a process used by real engineers to build prototypes and test solutions. Children are asked to define a problem, plan solutions, make a mode, test the model, reflect and redesign.
Introducing this process in primary school encourages children to take time to find solutions without there being a right or wrong answer. It requires them to take risks and to trouble shoot and instills a great sense of resilience as they reflect and redesign their prototypes.
By engrossing primary children in real-world problems and fostering a love of exploration and problem solving they are more likely to stay interested in STEM subjects when they move on to secondary school. This will provide them with transferable skills that are in demand in the workforce.
Where you can see STEM in Action?
Learn more about Ron’s Ramp Adventure Project in this short video:
Read more about STEM in Action in our ‘What is STEM in Action?’ blog post.