Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) is a focus for DECD, see DECD STEM Works and the Federal Government, see Restoring the focus on STEM in schools initiative and Federal government unveils boost for maths and science in schools. It is an area we need to be prepared to develop and inspire our students in.
This is the first in a series of posts that will help us to have discussions about STEM and how we can develop this area at Port Broughton Area School. By the end of 2016 I hope every teacher involved in STEM based subjects R-10 can not only answer the following question but feels confident and supported to implement their answer.
In 2017 what STEM project will I undertake with my students?
So what is STEM?
- The STEM approach to teaching and learning gives students the opportunity to work on challenging problems and projects.
- It makes students aware of the connections between science, technology, engineering and maths and the importance of each to successfully solving problems in the real world.
- It’s about a range of staff collaborating to show students the connections, for example a Year 5/6 STEM project could involve Paul contributing perspectives from maths and science while Tim provides expertise to support students with design and digital technologies.
- Students experiment, use old and new technologies, test ideas and make and create innovative solutions to real and complex problems.
- Real depth is given to STEM projects when partnerships are formed with local industries within the community.
- STEM will look different across every class at every school.
- Students identify needs and opportunities, visualise and generate ideas, plan and develop solutions and evaluate products and processes.
Information about what STEM is was provided by Jim Goodall, Maitland Area School.
What can STEM look like in the classroom?
Year 2 STEM Project
2015 ACARA STEM Connections Merici College, Canberra
Kings School Student Project
Bee Bot Art Project – This is an adult project but it does not take much imagination to see how this could be applied to a Year 1/2, 3/4 or 5/6 class. Design a piece of art created by Bee Bots!