STEM (SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHS)
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is a specialist subject we offer to Grade 3-6 students. We aim to provide students with a fundamental level of STEM literacy and related skills, and inspire them to participate in challenging STEM subjects in further education.
STEM skills are essential for many jobs at a basic level to problem solve, understand and apply innovations. Our future as a society will be built on our capacity for innovation, invention and creative problem solving, therefore STEM skills offer pathways to diverse occupations and a sustainable future.
During STEM lessons, students participate in hands-on activities designed to awaken curiosity and encourage perseverance. There is a strong focus on developing higher order thinking skills by emphasising collaboration, communication, research, problem solving, critical thinking and creativity.
STEM presents a unique and dynamic blended learning environment where students learn that the scientific method can be applied to everyday life. Experiences extend beyond the classroom and connect to real world applications, which adds depth and meaning.
All year levels have an emphasis on literacy, and developing an appreciation of engaging with technology in a safe and responsible way. Where possible, projects will have an undertone of sustainability, utilising recycled materials. Students may be asked to collect materials from home to use in their projects from time to time, such as bottles and cardboard boxes and rolls.
Grade 3 students start STEM in Semester 2, and focus on establishing skills such as identifying trends, measuring and collecting data, and effectively communicating their understandings.
Grade 4–6 students investigate various phenomena and seek innovative solutions. Themes include forces, simple machines, electricity, renewable energy, space, robotics, coding, movie making, and entrepreneurship.