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:
• Makerspace at our primary campus. 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. The shared space of Pod 3 has been remodeled in 2016 to cater for Makerspace/STEM activities.
• Students are beginning to take part in STEM Days in Stage 3 with plans underway for similar activities across the school. The STEM Video Game Challenge has been a hit amongst students at the primary as well.
• 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.