STEM in Schools / by Daniel Smith

As the National conversation has shifted towards STEM, the design of schools has equally shifted from places of instruction to open-ended inquiry. 

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We have been exploring the principles of STEM to enable collaborative education models to take shape. This approach has unpacked interesting observations by promoting technology to subsequently enabling a more hands-on creative learning style. By enabling learners the space and time to explore their subject matter, they can familiarise themselves with a broad range of content whilst viewing their learning through a critical thinking lens.

STEM is now ingrained in the national curriculum and must be taken seriously with any TAS design and especially within any master plan for a new or developing school. Encouraging curiosity is the key driver and limiting barriers is our goal. 

We have recently been working with a number of schools within Western Sydney as they redefine their take on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Learning is celebrated through artful displays, whilst the core zones are kept multi-functional to remove any barriers to a curious mind unpacking open-ended questions. All surfaces are now working hard to enable and encourage effective communication, thereby adding another dimension to the learning.

This is the 4 Cs at work through the lens of STEM.

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