STEM

At its core, the STEM elective provides academic extension opportunities for students to invent, build, problem solve and learn about the real world applications of science and mathematics.

In 2016, students at Roleystone Community College have the opportunity to participate in a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) elective. At its core, the STEM elective provides academic extension opportunities for students to invent, build, problem solve and learn about the real world applications of science and mathematics.

The STEM initiative is being coordinated by Mr Stuart Duvall, the Dean of Mathematics and Science. His passion for mathematics and science education is supported by a 12 year career as an educator where he has taught both secondary school students and lectured in teacher education. Mr Duvall believes that “an elective that provides authentic learning experiences and a classroom environment that supports both academic rigour and creativity are key aspects of the STEM course that will support academic achievement even beyond a student’s participation in the elective”. This belief is reflected in the exciting projects students have the opportunity to engage in.

One example of a Year 7 project is the designing and constructing of a hydraulically operated arm. The arm will be built from cardboard and must solve a problem by lifting a designated object. Through engaging in real life problem solving the students will learn about:

  • the role of engineering;
  • the application of mathematics in the real world by creating scale drawings, learning about measurement and use fractions, ratios and percentages; and
  • experience the real world applications of science by exploring levers, forces and the properties of water.

Not only is this project based on the Year 7 Australian Curriculum, it provides opportunities for students to extend their understanding and look broadly into the topics whilst learning in a memorable way.

STEM UPDATE

Our Year 7 STEM students are currently working with Mr Brookes and Mrs Brophy on some exciting projects in Maths and Technologies. The students are enthusiastically working on some Rasperry Pi projects and we are looking forward to see these projects in action.

Application Form

pdfSTEM APPLICATION FOR 2017