Not only do these power stations feature models with steam, the learning is STEAM, too. In this case, the acronym STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. All of these learning areas are incorporated as students work in teams of at least four to develop their model, showing their shared understanding of how Geothermal power stations operate.
Two teams were particularly dedicated to making intricate models. In the photos and videos, you might be able to spy working fans (thanks to USB plugs and Chromebooks), a motor, and a small water pump connected to pipes, demonstrating heat being taken from underground and then cold water being injected back into the reservoir. One team made clever use of facial steamers to simulate steam.
Planning is involved in designing the power stations. Art also plays a role. Students develop ideas in response to a variety of motivations, observation, and imagination. Many visual features of the power stations are painted, with one group creating a hill for the power lines using papier-mâché.
Key competencies come together in a project like this. Students being able to manage themselves (and normal class expectations), participate and contribute in a helpful way, and use thinking skills are all crucial to successful collaboration.