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What is STEM?

STEM is science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (incorporating physics and chemistry).

These subjects are closely related and are often taught together. 

STEM approach to teaching

The STEM approach to teaching and learning gives students the opportunity to work on challenging problems and projects.

Hands-on practical activities help learners:

  • experiment  
  • use new technologies
  • test ideas
  • make and create innovative solutions to real, complex problems through the Engineering Design Process.

Relationships with local industries and communities are also important to both teacher and student learning.

What STEM students learn

STEM looks different across every class at every school. Here are some examples of what students learning STEM could be engaged in: 

  • coding
  • designing and building prototypes like windmills, solar cars and water sampling technologies
  • the Engineers Without Borders project, which designs and develops solutions for humanitarian problems like solar cookers, water filtration systems and solar lighting
  • agri-science and agricultural engineering
  • robotics
  • working with local industries and communities such as Lockheed Martin, Parafield Airport and General Motors Holden
  • developing technical and engineering skills to troubleshoot the source of a problem, repair a machine or debug an operating system.


STEM Works team

Phone: 8226 6559
EmailDECD.STEMWorks [at] sa.gov.au