STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics

STEM Coordinatoremail
Nicole Zimmernicole.zimmer@ed.act.edu.au

STEM is a key focus at Evatt School in 2018 and beyond. As part of the new Evatt Strategic Plan, a 5 year timeline outlines the implementation process. Ahead of us we have the exciting adventure of developing a STEM program for Evatt School.

Rationale:  In 2018 the STEM release program at Evatt School links into the Primary Connections program that is taught by classroom teachers.

The key focus of the program is on developing students STEM skills as outlined in the general capabilities of the Australian Curriculum (Critical and Creative Thinking learning continuum & Personal and Social Capability learning continuum).

They include skills which generate:

  • creative and critical thinking (analyse, synthesise and evaluate reasoning and procedures)
  • inquiry learning (identify, explore and organise information and ideas)
  • ideas, possibilities and actions
  • reflection on thinking and processes
  • social awareness
  • social management

This provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of important concepts and processes, the practices used to develop scientific knowledge, the contribution of science, technology, engineering and mathematics to culture and society, how the subjects are interconnected and their applications in real life situations. The program supports students to develop the scientific knowledge, understanding and skills to make informed decisions about local, national and global issues.

Useful websites for parents:

http://www.gettingsmart.com/2015/10/5-ways-parents-can-support-stem-learning/

https://www.csiro.au/en/Education/Double-Helix

https://www.questacon.edu.au/discover/for-parents-and-guardians

http://www.nsta.org/sciencematters/tips.aspx

https://www.sciencebuddies.org/parent-resources/science-initiative