Welcome to the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) at Port Melbourne Primary School. This year we have started specialist days of STEM, which the children are embracing with the passion and critical thinking of engineers, mathematicians and scientists of the future.
STEM is based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach allowing students to apply their problem solving skills to real life scenarios.
This term we have been reading ‘Going on a Bear Hunt’ and have used this as a basis to enable coding. The students have then thought about the problem in the story and what could be created to go over, under and through the obstacles. After creating a detailed engineering plan, students build their designs (using materials or coding applications) and apply their critical thinking skills to problem solve and evaluate their product.
Students have been very creative in their designs and we look forward to seeing their engineering skills develop throughout the year.
Have a look at the wonderful engineering designs students have created this term!
If you have any questions or would like more information, please have a chat with our STEM Coordinators Haylie Saarinen and Michelle Sneddon