Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)


STEM and the Australian Curriculum

STEM Education is a term used to refer collectively to the teaching of the disciplines of Science, Technology and Mathematics.  Engineering is addressed in Technologies through a dedicated content description that focuses on engineering principles and systems.  Stem is a cross-disciplinary approach to teaching that increases student interest in STEM related fields and improves students' problem solving and critical analysis skills.

In each class, teachers set up inquiry and research to activities to integrate different disciplines in real life situations to help children see Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths as part of our everyday lives.

STEM knowledge, understanding and skills are strengthened when the connections between learning areas are emphasised.  They are enriched when learning areas combine to find authentic learning opportunities for students in answer to an identified problem or in the creation of a solution.

STEM and the Australian Curriculum
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"A STEM education does not merely impart content knowledge in these fields - it seeks to provide frameworks in which new problems can be tackled. STEM graduates cite higher order skills in research, logical thinking and quantitative analysis as the return on their degrees; alongside the qualities of creativity, openmindedness, independence and objectivity."

Chief Scientist, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics: Australia’s Future, September 2015