Have you ever considered how often we experience STEM in our lives? STEM is a curriculum that combines Science (S), Technology (T), Engineering (E), and Mathematics (M) by integrating them into a cohesive learning area based on solving real-world problems. If you think about it, STEM is everywhere in the world around us. It is in our natural world. It is the fuel that heats our home and powers our transport. It is the technology that allows us to access the internet and use our smartphones. You only have to look around you to see the improvements to our lives and our homes that have been engineered in the last decade alone. STEM is important because it is in every aspect of our lives.
This year at Talara Primary College we have introduced an exciting new innovative STEM initiative that is creating a 'Buzz' around the school. Students are learning that STEM is both challenging and fun as they begin to be immersed in complex problem solving activities using Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Across all year levels, devoted teachers have been appointed to the STEM Team to ensure Talara Primary College is moving our students forward by unpacking the curriculum and planning units of inquiry that include the necessary skills in Digital and Computational Thinking. Our teachers are engaging in Professional Development to build their skills in delivering STEM to our students. A big thank you to our P&C Committee for their kind donation of $3000 to support the purchasing of resources for STEM.
What does STEM look like at Talara?
At Talara we see STEM as our students' future. We know students learn best when working in a hands-on environment where they can plan, design and collaborate to solve real world problems. At Talara our students are beginning to create solutions to problems instead of merely being consumers of technology. At Talara we are preparing our students for the technological age in which they live.
So far in STEM, students in year 2 are learning to code while creating simple stories using Scratch Jnr. Year 3 students have been involved in a design challenge to engineer a straw tower and year 4 students are learning to collect and graph data using Edison Robots. We also have a lucky group of year 6 students that have visited the high school to participate in STEM challenges and our Junior and Senior Robotics Clubs who have started learning how to program robots. Even in Prep our students are learning to program using Code-a-pillars and testing their skills with Edison Robots.
Check out the photos to see the current STEM initiatives happening at Talara.