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Course - STEM

STEM involves the use of creative gifts to solve problems and create solutions using Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Modern Technologies and understanding of God’s creation can be used to serve others. Students use God-given gifts to develop their knowledge, understanding and problem-solving skills that is needed to influence scientific and technological developments through innovation. A focus of this subject is to work collaboratively on real-world projects in a godly way.
Key elements of this course: 

  • Integrated approach to teaching previous silos of STEM.
  • Use of project and problem based learning as well as enquiry based learning strategies.
  • Emphasis on enterprise skills such as complex problem solving, teamwork, communication, negotiation, and creativity.
  • More connected real-world learning, including industry contextualisation.
  • Team teaching and flipped classroom approaches to teaching and learning.

Class members have the option to participate in a variety of competitions and STEM-based intervention programs during the course. Students will also study a variety of themed units of work focusing on the application of science, technology, engineering and mathematics to real life, through inquiry-based learning techniques. 

Download the PDF (below) to get the full course description.

FAQ

What is STEM?

STEM is a nationally recognised educational program that emphasises the use of technology and replaces the standard teacher-driven classroom with one powered by problem-solving, exploration and discovery. It requires the students to actively engage in a situation to find a solution.

STEM is much more than the four subject areas that form its acronym (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). STEM is a unique approach to teaching and learning that fosters creativity and innovative thinking in all students.

STEM education features strong levels of collaboration among higher education, business and community partners to help develop relevant curriculum and provide internships, mentorships and co-operative education opportunities to help students connect classroom learning to real world experiences.

Is STEM very different from Year 9 Science or IST?

It is quite different – but that’s part of the fun of it!  It is mostly based around doing themed projects rather than units of work.  It also involves a lot of collaboration and drawing on knowledge you have gained in different subjects.

Is it true that STEM is only for a select number of gifted students interested in careers in Math and Science?

Not at all. While increasing the number of young people who choose careers in STEM fields is certainly one objective driving STEM education, it is only part of the story. STEM education develops skills that have a much broader application. STEM emphasizes collaboration, communication, research, problem solving, critical thinking and creativity – skills needed to be successful in today’s world, regardless of specific interests or career goals.

STEM education also places a strong emphasis on personalizing educational experiences to best suit students’ individual learning styles and interests, which means STEM education has something to offer to every student.

iSTEM will attract students from diverse social and academic backgrounds. All students in STEM will be supported to achieve at high academic levels. 

What will STEM provide students?

STEM will provide a small and intellectually vibrant learning community designed to serve students who want a personalized learning experience that prepares them for a connected world, where math, science and technology are vitally important. All STEM students will engage in a personally relevant and academically rigorous curriculum within a safe and trusting environment.

STEM has a holistic approach to educating students—focusing on cognitive, social, emotional and physical development through experiential learning, service learning and family and community support. Each family is an integral component of STEM’s decision-making process.

If you have further questions, please contact:
Science Coordinator - Mr Michael Green
mgreen@covenant.nsw.edu.au