The STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) are an identified high priority of the Australian Government as it seeks to drive productivity and economic growth in Australia.
At Calrossy Anglican School we are implementing STEM through:
Makerspaces at our secondary campuses. Makerspace gives students opportunity to become creators instead of being consumers. It focuses on students as innovators, creating in new ways including green screen technology, 3D printing, electronics, computer programming and robotics. We have a remodeled room in use from 2016 on the secondary girls campus which is purpose-built for these types of activities. Similar activities and the possible provision of a dedicated Makerspace are in the beginning stages on the boys campus.
We are currently running a STEM Pilot Programme with students in which they are undertaking project-based learning activities and have had the chance to remotely connect via video conference with professionals in the USA regarding their topic of study. Further project-based learning STEM programmes are currently being developed for further expansion within the School.
A blog located at www.stematcalrossy.wordpress.com to reflect on and share what we are doing with STEM/STEAM. The AIS is using our blog as an example for other schools on their website and we have also recently received a $10,000 grant towards STEM activities from them.