The STEM approach has been adopted by St Mary’s School as it provides a more integrated, realistic context for student learning. It increases interest and motivation for learning and enhances student confidence and competence in digital learning. The grouping together of subjects allows students to apply their science knowledge and understanding and includes any curriculum links to the Technologies and Mathematics curriculum. The combination of STEM subjects provides an opportunity to address interesting challenges.
STEM provides the opportunity to apply information and skills developed and apply problem solving skills to complete a task. It takes place in conjunction with Science and Digital Technology.
The key features of the STEM learning processes include:
- Student centred learning, negotiated problems, investigations and scientific inquiry
- Application of knowledge, within realistic meaningful contexts
- Enhanced understanding of the general capabilities, for example, creative and critical thinking and ICT.