In St Joseph’s school we have a fortnightly STEM day for all students. Stem is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths.
These lessons utilise the NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum for Science & Technology. The lessons focus on the students working to develop computational thinking, design thinking, scientific thinking and systems thinking to explore the natural world, the built environment and digital technologies. Students are encouraged to design, produce and test solutions to problems faced in the natural world. An example of this was the investigation into the natural environment of bees. Why are they here, what work do they do and how do they support us culminating in students designing bee hotels for our school and using beeswax to make eco-friendly lunch wraps.
Students use their mathematical skills and English skills to plan and produce their work. Using digital technologies encourages them to use data in their thinking.