STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – covers a wide range of disciplines and skills which are increasingly in demand in our rapidly changing world. STEM skills and knowledge are important for all stages of our learning, jobs and everyday lives.
Sunshine Harvester Primary School has a modern, purpose built STEM room where students can study the sciences, engineering and technologies.
- The Science curriculum provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of important scientific concepts and processes, the practices used to develop scientific knowledge, the contribution of science to our culture and society, and its applications in our lives. The curriculum supports students to develop the scientific knowledge, understandings and skills to make informed decisions about local, national and global issues.
- In the Design and Technologies curriculum, students create quality designed solutions across a range of technologies contexts. Students consider the economic, environmental and social impacts of technological change and how the choice and use of technologies may contribute to a sustainable future. Students also take into account the ethical, legal, aesthetic and functional factors that inform the design processes.
- In Digital Technologies, students use computational thinking and information systems to analyse, design and develop their own digital solutions – for example, programming a robot to complete a task. At SHPS, students from Foundation to Year 6 are learning how to develop their own digital solutions using robots and web-based animation. Using visual programming languages, students learn how to assemble and modify block code, problem solve and debug their programs as they perform increasingly complex tasks. In Years 5 and 6, students have the opportunity to participate in the First Lego League Robot Challenge, competing with students from other schools around Australia and the World.