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The Springfield Anglican College
BUZZING WITH EXCITEMENT OVER STEM
There’s a buzz in the air at The Springfield Anglican College.
The Kindergarten to Year 12 co-educational school is continually pushing the boundaries of learning and devising new and exciting ways for its students to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
In Term 3, 2018, the school’s Year 5 STEM unit has been focusing on the decline in bee populations and the potential ecological disaster the world would face if they became extinct. As part of the unit, students have examined the anatomy of bees and flowers and learned the role that bees and other pollinators play in providing humans with food. Earlier in the term students used Lego We Do to create pollinator models that combined the use of motors, sensors and sounds. Students then controlled these models through a program coded on their iPads. In a fitting finale to the unit, students are looking forward to the installation of a second stingless native bee hive on the Primary Campus and developing pollinator gardens to support it.
The bee project is just one example of the way the College has transformed its approach to STEM learning in Primary school over the past three years.
“This approach to learning captures and motivates the students, helping them to discover authenticity and purpose in their learning. Project or problem-based learning facilitates important 21st century skills, such as collaboration. The open-ended nature also means that many different solutions are possible, allowing creativity and the possibility for students to take their learning even further.”
- Laura Bain, Primary Campus eLearning Coordinator, Digital Technologies Teacher