ICT at St Mary's 03-Aug-2016

STEM Education

STEM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and encompasses a vast array of subjects that fall into each of those terms. Occupations in STEM related careers are some of the fastest growing and best paid in the 21st century and often have the greatest potential for job growth. Our students are extremely curious and impressionable, so instilling an interest at an early age could spark a lasting desire to pursue a career in one of these fields.

Teaching STEM related subjects however, goes far beyond preparing students for specific jobs. STEM develops a set of thinking, reasoning, teamwork, investigative and creative skills that students can use in all areas of their lives.

 

STEM Education at St Mary’s

Robotics provides a highly engaging tool for creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication- four essential skills for effective learning and everyday life. Integrating robotics into our classrooms allows teachers to:

  • -Address real world problems.
  • -Engage students in hands on inquiry and open ended exploration.
  • -Build collaboration and problem solving skills.
  • -Allow for multiple right answers and re-frame failure as a necessary part of learning.

Currently at St Mary’s we are using:

  • -Beebots in Transition to Year 2.
  • -Lego WeDo 2.0 in Years 3 and 4.
  • -Makey Makey and Lego Mindstorms EV3 in Years 5 and 6.
 

Skills 2021 Expo Excursion

On Monday 8th of August students in years 3, 4, 5 and 6 attended the Skills 2021 Expo at Parliament House. Skills 2021 was a demonstration of the skills and technologies students will need to consider for the year 2021, just five years away. Exhibitions included the latest developments in robotics, 3D printing, multimedia and gaming. St Mary’s students participated in ‘hands on’ workshops highlighting technology like coding, robotics, 3D design, gaming, multimedia book and video production.