STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

At Werribee Primary School we value the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). STEM covers a wide range of disciplines and skills, which are increasingly in demand in our rapidly changing world. STEM skills and knowledge are important for all stages of our learning, jobs and everyday lives.

As part of Victoria’s Education State initiative, the Victorian Government is providing $27 million over five years for 200 Primary Mathematics and Science Specialists in government schools across Victoria (two cohorts of 100 Specialists for two years each, starting in 2016).

In 2016, Werribee Primary School received funding to up skill 2 specialists in STEM. Our 2 specialists, Miss Elliott and Mrs Robertson have been working with teachers and students in their class and during lunchtime activities to help engage them in STEM experiences. We have also enlisted the help of a CSIRO Scientist to work at our school to strengthen our relationship with Primary Industries.

  

 Experimenting with circuits and conductors

 

 

 

Investigating cubes

 

All students are invited to attend STEM club (a weekly lunchtime activity) that runs in Room 16 every Friday. STEM club provides students opportunities to engage in fun investigations of all kinds in the context of STEM learning.

Some of our activities have included:

  • Paper Helicopters
  • Engineering challenges
  • Using Microscopes to examine things up close
  • Experimenting with different materials

 

 

 

 

A few weeks ago students designed their own bubble wands to see if they could change what bubbles looked like. After some experimentation most students noticed how they could blow even bigger bubbles by using soapy hands.

For more information about STEM in schools please follow the link.