STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

A STEM program

Developing STEM knowledge and skills is critical to facing current and future challenges, including living in a changing environment, effectively managing food and water, delivering improved health and wellbeing and ensuring Victoria’s prosperity and development. We are raising the profile of STEM education with educators, leaders, careers advisors, students and their families and community. It is important that STEM education is seen as vital for all our young people’s futures, regardless of their intended pathway.(DET, 2015)

STEM at Blackburn High School

STEM is a way of thinking, based on finding solutions to real-world (authentic) problems that integrate the big ideas or concepts that are usually taught within the discrete learning areas such as Science, Mathematics and Technology into a cohesive learning model.

STEM emphasizes project-based learning and is underpinned by an inquiry based approach. The skills that students develop within this approach can be categorised as soft skills (such as interpersonal skills, critical thinking, creativity, problem solving, flexibility, communication, team-work and organisation) and hard skills (such as literacy, mathematics knowledge, science knowledge, technology knowledge, design and digital literacy).

STEM and 3D Printer Laboratory

Blackburn has a 3D printer Laboratory with 13 printers available to students. They can be accessed remotely from anywhere in the school. The 3D laboratory allows students to design and build models to help them problem solve.

Some examples of how it can be used in the various Learning areas are:

Art/ Multi Media/ Visual Communication and Design
• Students can create their designs and then print their own designs

English
• Build a model to demonstrate an understanding of a concept-communication through the ages

Food
• Students can plan and then print their original menu

Geography
• Topography models from contour maps-orienteering

History
• Print fossils, the Colosseum and other historical artefacts

Languages
• Print famous landmarks and cultural artefacts

Mathematics
• Used to solve problems relating to scale
• Print 3 dimensional objects prisms to solve problems and develop a deeper understanding
• Use to solve problems with cartesian planes, parabolas, calculus, vectors

Music
• Print examples of wood, percussion and wind instruments as well as musical notes

STEM and Year 9 Connections Program

STEM underpins the inquiry based learning approach  in the Year 9 Connections Program  where students undertake project based work around a real life problem.

STEM and Nanotechnology

STEM underpins Nanotechnology, a Year 9 Elective, where students study this emerging technology and develop an understanding of the research and applications of Nanotechnology and how it impacts our daily lives.

Bringing Science to the Community Lecture Series

The purpose of the lecture series is to bring highly accomplished scientists, working in a wide range of fields, to Blackburn High School so our students and the wider community have access to some of Australia’s brightest minds to inspire and inform.