STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
STEM is the integrated teaching and learning of the subjects science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It is usually presented through hands-on and relevant real-world learning experiences. St Jude’s has a dedicated makerspace which has seen recent upgrades of furniture and equipment. Students also have access to ipads, laptops, 3D printers and a variety of tools and applications to foster creativity in these learning areas.
In addition to our weekly STEM classes, students also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of extra curricular activities. These include:
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.
At lunch time, St Jude’s has a Technology Club. This is a voluntary group open to students in Year 4-6 who would like to experiment with different coding applications and activities.
Students in Years 3 to 6 complete STEM challenges using Minecraft Education. 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.