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STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

Developing 21st Century skills in critical thinking,  communication, creativity and collaboration

Vision:  To provide an innovative, exemplary and engaging STEM education offering authentic contexts for developing skills required to dive a technological future in the 21st Century.

 

 

Goals for Woodvale’s STEM program are to:

►     Create a strong profile for STEM and establish a school culture where the importance of STEM is recognised and valued

►     Increase student participation in STEM subjects and provide opportunities and support for students

►     Provide learning opportunities that support both the development of knowledge and the acquisition of higher order skills such as problem solving, quantitative skills, critical thinking and communication skills

►     Attract and retain high calibre STEM teachers

►     Provide professional development opportunities for teachers in STEM content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge

►     Encourage partnership and outreach programs between schools and educational/ professional/ community organisations

 

Student Participation (Goals 1, 2 and 3)

The establishment of the iCentre in 2018 as a place for students and teachers to gather to engage in cross learning area complex tasks, certainly assisted the STEM program. Some highlights held in the iCentre have been:

►     Year 9 WitWA Tech-trails program – students were exposed to persons in STEM industries (many were women) who outlined their roles and what they were looking to do in the future.

►     Year 8 STEM Day – students spent a whole day engaging in STEM challenges, some of which demanded they provide solutions to problems using the ‘Design Thinking’ process. Some of these solutions were presented to the Building and Grounds Committee for their consideration and implementation.

►     Year 7 Induction Activity – As a part of their induction to Woodvale, Year 7s were asked to work in groups to build catapults.

►     Year 9 STEM Day – Students had a video link presentation on careers by Astrophysicist Dr Brad Tucker (ANU) followed by a series of STEM activities including water treatment solutions, bioengineering and paper tower construction.

►     The Year 10, 11 and 12 Woodvale Careers event which saw TAFEs, universities, government departments and providers outline their programs.

Other STEM based activities that students have participated in include: Year 10 Australian Brain Bee Challenge, Year 8 In-school Bridge Building Competition, Year 8 Makey-Makey Prototype design, Year 8 Synergy Schools Solar Challenge, United Nations Global Goals Youth Forum at Murdoch University, Woodvale’s Got Talent STEM activity, Year 9 and 10 Robotics Club, Firetech Drones and Robots incursions, Woodvale War on Waste Sustainability, Labrats Schools Out Program and numerous classroom based STEM activities.

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