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STEM is science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (incorporating physics and chemistry).
These subjects are closely related and are often taught together.
The DECD STEM Learning strategy (PDF 5.5MB) will transform public education to enable students at every level of schooling to develop knowledge, skills and understanding in STEM subjects and to apply that learning to shape their world. Students will experience these subjects and apply their skills in new ways using collaboration, problem-solving and interdisciplinary thinking.
The strategy has 3 main areas of action:
- build expertise in STEM teaching and learning across all years of public education
- engage students at all year levels in STEM education
- develop systemic excellence in STEM education.
The STEM approach to teaching and learning gives students the opportunity to work on challenging problems and projects.
Hands-on practical activities help learners:
- 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.
STEM looks different across every class at every school. Here are some examples of what students learning STEM could be engaged in:
- 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
- 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.
Learning Improvement division
Phone: 8226 4297
Email: decd.newmedia [at] sa.gov.au