Welcome to STEM with MRS Menelaou & Mr Knox!!
STEM Teachers @ MHPS:
Silvia Menelaou (eLeanring Learning Specialist) - Silvia.Menelaou@education.vic.gov.au
Daniel Knox - Daniel.Knox@education.vic.gov.au
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 3 to 6 students will be having weekly STEM specialist classes with Mrs Menelaou & Mr Knox (Grade 3/4A & B).
Focus on Coding & Programming
Students in grade 3/4 will use the robots called Sphero and the app Sphero Edu.
Students in grades 5 and 6 will be using the robots called Ozobots and the apps Ozobot Bit and OzobotGroove.
During these coding lessons, students will learn to define simple problems, and describe and follow a sequence of steps and decisions involving branching and algorithms needed to solve them.
Students will then complete challenges using these robots, that incorporates content from:
During this Semester the grade Prep to 2 students will be having weekly STEM specialist classes with Mrs Menelaou & Mr Knox.
In term 3 the focus is on Engineering and Design.
Both Grade Prep and Grade 1/2 students will be completing a design challenge. In this learning sequence, students use the story of the Three Little Pigs to investigate the characteristics and properties of materials, and the suitability of materials for a variety of uses.
Students conduct investigations into the characteristics and properties of materials, and they use their findings to inform the design and production of shelters for the Three Little Pigs that will withstand the ‘huffing’ and ‘puffing’ of the Big Bad Wolf (a hairdyer in this case).
Students reflect on the findings of their investigations and begin to pose questions, make predictions and perform simple observations of investigations.
In term 4 the focus will be on Digital Technologies skills.
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.
Sutents will identify and explore Digital Systems - Hardware and Software components.
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.
Students will identify and explore Digital Systems - Hardware and Software components. They will also explore how to use a laptop in order to prepare them for Grade 3 and beyond.