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STEM in Action


21 March 2019

STEM in Action

STEM in Action

STEM learning requires critical thinking, engaging and relevant learning experiences and perseverance.

This year at Scotch we have introduced three new STEM subjects which employ these principles, Engineering and Technology (a Year 10 elective), Sport Science and Technology (a Year 11 SACE subject, which is available to Year 10s) and we have revamped the Advanced Analytics (a year 9 elective) which was new in 2018.

In these subjects, our teachers are contextualising new science concepts and asking students to solve problems and investigate ways to improve their designs.

sport science.pngIn Engineering and Technology, students began the term learning about the engineering process and how to investigate potential solutions. Then they studied how to use Ar¬duino, an open-source electronics platformfor interactive projects. After this introduction, students built and tested a self-balancing robot and completed a report on how everything was tested using the engineering process. 

Sport Science and Technology is a science subject with a sports context.  The students started learning about how Science is demonstrated in sport. Then they investigated their own vital lung capacity and have used heart rate monitors to investigate the body’s energy systems. Now they are using this knowledge base to explore different fatigue mechanisms that occur during exercise. The students have been set a design investigation on the causes of fatigue in sporting performance, they have deconstructed the problem, considered a range of factors, ways of testing and will investigate one of these factors and analyse their results, evaluate and formulate a conclusion in a report.

In Advanced Analytics, students have been studying 2 units on forensic science and bridge construction. In the forensic science unit, they have been studying about fingerprinting techniques, identifying blood and analysing blood splatter using simulations, DNA profiling, hair and fibre testing. This has allowed students to use science concepts to analyse information and use it to solve simulated crimes.The bridge challenge unit has a focus on engineering and society, students have been set a challenge to build and test a model footbridge, built to provide access to enable aid to reach people in trouble after an earthquake in Nepal. 

STEM is important for our students because future jobs will require problem solving skills, innovative and creative thinking and digital skills. 

Michelle McGrath
Head of Science

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