STEM


 

STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – covers a wide range of knowledge, skills and dispositions which are increasingly in demand in a future where digital disruption and rapid change are inevitable. STEM skills and knowledge are becoming increasingly important for all stages of our learning, jobs and everyday lives.

 

At Glenroy West Primary School, students participate in STEM learning in a variety of ways. STEM is woven throughout the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, during units where students are explicitly taught and inquire into concepts that build their dispositions, knowledge and skills. In addition to the curriculum, we offer lunch clubs where students who have a keen interest can learn more beyond mainstream classes.

 

Students at Glenroy West Primary School have access to a broad range of STEM learning tools including programmable robots, electronics kits and science equipment. They also develop STEM skills through web applications such as Scratch, Code.org, SketchUp, Tinkercad and Minecraft Education.

 

Through participation in STEM learning, our aim is for students to:

  • Develop a keen interest in and understand their world
  • Think like scientists and engineers by engaging in thinking processes such as the scientific method, the design process, computational thinking and systems thinking
  • Develop an understanding of how mathematics can be applied to real-world contexts
  • Make education decisions about the environment and their health and wellbeing
  • Create, manage and evaluate innovative digital solutions
  • Present information in entertaining, creative and innovative ways




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