While the government has an educational focus nationally on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths), people may think about it as a political ‘hot potato’.
At Connected Schools, we believe in the merit and authenticity of the STEM approach to learning. With the understanding that children learn best through making connections across many learning areas to their world, these connections need to be purposeful and relevant to our students and the world they live in. Our students have been born into the world of technology. For us, technology is something learnt, for our students, it is their language, their way of life.
A Science, Technology, Engineering (we sneak in ‘A’ for Arts) and Mathematics approach gives value to the rich connections we make in our learning. We no longer learn in silos, but in an integrated and connected approach. We value creativity and innovation and the thinking it develops.
At Good Shepherd, we are in the early stages of a new building development to provide more opportunities for STEM learning. Agile, flexible, purpose built areas to promote adventuring in the realm of STEM. The Good Shepherd STEM centre consists of a robotics and engineering studio, science hub and learning plaza which is linked to an outdoor earth sciences zone. It’s all systems go as we vision future opportunities for rich learning.
Director of Learning & Resources
Good Shepherd Lutheran School