Welcome to STEM with MRS Menelaou!!
What is STEM?
STEM stands for: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It covers a wide range of disciplines and skills, which are increasingly in demand in our rapidly changing world. STEM skills and knowledge are important for all stages of our learning, jobs and everyday lives.
The Department's STEM in the Education State plan brings together all of the actions that will help us to deliver the vision for improved learning and outcomes in STEM. It is also the start of a conversation about where to head next in early learning, education, and training, and how to involve our communities and businesses in this important work.
STEM education and training covers the specific knowledge and skills found in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. It also covers the interrelationship between these areas, allowing learning to be delivered in an integrated way, helping a deeper engagement in the four disciplines.
For younger children, scientific and numerical concepts are embedded in several outcomes in the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF). This supports early childhood professionals to work with families to advance children's learning from birth to eight years.
For Foundation to Level 10 (F–10) school students, STEM knowledge and skills are embedded within the Victorian Curriculum, in Mathematics, Science, Design and Technologies, and Digital Technologies. STEM education also develops capabilities such as critical and creative thinking, collaboration and ethical decision making.
During this Semester the grade Prep to 2 students will be having weekly STEM specialist classes with Mrs Menelaou - the focus will be on Digital Technologies (Coding).
Grade Prep - Bee Bot
Using the Bee Bot robot to Create Digital Solutions: Follow, describe, and represent a sequence of steps and decisions (algorithms) needed to solve simple problems.
Grade 1/2 - Bee Bot and Dash and Dot's
Using the Bee Bot and the Dash and Dot robots to Create Digital Solutions: Follow, describe, and represent a sequence of steps and decisions (algorithms) needed to solve simple problems.
During this semester the grade 3 to 6 students will be having weekly STEM specialist classes with Mrs Menelaou.
Grade 3/4 - Creating Nesting Boxes Unit
Native birds and mammals need hollows in old trees for nesting. Environmental loss reduces the number of nesting holes for these animals, leading to increased competition for nesting holes and a decrease in the population of individual species. In extreme situations, this may lead to species becoming endangered or extinct.
What can we do to address this problem? This is the main questions children will be exploring a solution to during the classes.
This unit of work incorporates content from:
Grade 5 and 6 - Design a Robot Chariot
The challenge is for students to design and produce a robot racing chariot and program a Sphero robot to compete in a robot race over a certain distance.
What makes this unit have a STEM focus?
Design and Technologies:
· Technologies Contexts: Materials and technologies specialisations
· Creating Designed Solutions: Investigating, Generating, Planning and managing, Producing, Evaluating
Digital Technologies: Creating Digital Solutions
Mathematics: Measurement and Geometry: Using units of measurement.