STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)

St Jude’s Catholic Primary School offers a vibrant learning environment and strives to ensure that every child has the opportunity to achieve their personal best and engage in learning.

All students benefit from the STEM program because it teaches independent innovation and allows students to explore greater depths of all the subjects by utilizing the skills learned; these skills will be required for today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and St Jude’s STEM program provides the opportunity to maximise student engagement and participation.

In term 1, students completed challenges such as:

  • Identifying different digital systems (Pre Primary)
  • Creating an iPad holder for wet weather so that your hands remain free and the iPad stays dry (Year 1)
  • Finding solutions to cleaning up oil spills (Year 2)
  • Creating their own cooking show as part of looking at solids, liquids, gases & changes of temperature.(Year 3)
  • Looking at recycling and bioplastics (Year 4)
  • Creating a car powered by experimenting with an alternate fuel source (Year 5)
  • Looking at solubility and designing and growing a crystal castle (Year 6)

MINECRAFT EDUCATION

Students in Years 4 to 6 have been completing STEM challenges using Minecraft Education.  This learning will be extended to Year 3 in Term 2.   Minecraft Education enhances creativity, problem-solving, self-direction and collaboration.  It gives students the freedom to create, pushing their imaginations to the limit and allowing them to be creative in ways not possible in the real world.  This term students completed a bridge building challenge and a maze building challenge.

Minecraft Education is free to all students who have a cewa account and can be downloaded from the Minecraft Education website or as an app.

STEM 4 GIRLS

STEM 4 Girls is a voluntary after school class just for our girls in Year 5 and 6.   STEM thinking is important in every part of our lives, but there is currently a big achievement gap between girls and boys in STEM in schools and women are vastly underrepresented in STEM jobs and among STEM degree holders.  Our aim is to inspire our girls to be STEM leaders of tomorrow.  STEM 4 Girls begins in week 6.

This term in STEM 4 Girls, we have made blackboard slime, completed a dry erase marker and water experiment and had a go at making a homopolar motor with the ‘Tiny Dancer’ activity.  Term 2 will bring a lot of exciting and challenging activities, including a STEM 4 Girls demonstration at Riverton Forum.

TECHNOLOGY CLUB

In term 2 our lunch time Technology Club will begin again.  This is a voluntary group open to students in Year 4-6 who would like to experiment with different coding applications and activities.

We are also very excited to recently receive a MakerSpace Stream A grant from the Commonwealth Government. This grant will enable us to extend our current makerspace in the STEM room to include more outdoor space.  Watch this space for more details next term.