Programs - Science, Tecnology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
STEM is an approach to learning and development that integrates the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Alvie Consolidated School delivers a STEM program to all classes, each week for a minimum of 1-2 hours.
Through STEM, students develop key skills including:
· problem solving
· critical analysis
· independent thinking
· communication and
· digital literacy
STEM is very important because it empowers individuals with the skills to succeed and adapt to this changing world. The global economy is changing. Current jobs are disappearing due to automation and new jobs are emerging every day as a result of technological advances.
The continual advances in technology are changing the way students learn, connect and interact every day. Skills developed by students through STEM provide them with the foundation to succeed at school and beyond.
Employer demand for STEM qualifications and skills is high and will continue to increase in the future. Currently, 75 per cent of jobs in the fastest growing industries require workers with STEM skills. To be competitive, the Australian workforce needs people who can adapt to a changing workplace.
Students at Alvie Consolidated School really enjoy using the Engineering Design Process to solve real world problems in our school. Some examples include; how to reduce waste, how to create a chook pen that can automatically feed and care for chickens, designing an effective Frisbee golf course, designing a back scratcher, designing a new nature-based playground.