STEM

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.

 

ROBOTICS & TECHNOLOGY

Students have access to a variety of robotics to be used to enhance their learning. When learning about native bees and pollination our students used Dash and BeeBots to mimic the flight path a bee can take.

BEE HOTELS

Students learnt about the diminishing natural habitats of native bees. Students constructed bee hotels to provide a place for the bees to build their hives. They used recycled and found objects to create the hotels, which can be now be seen around our school.

WHAT CAME FIRST,

THE CHICKEN OR THE EGG?

Our students learnt about the life cycle of chickens when a family of chickens hatched in an incubator at school. Students witnessed the chickens hatching and their development over a number of weeks. The baby birds were re-homed with students who wrote persuasive texts to the STEM teachers.