Heartland Academy - STEM



Science, Technology, Engineering,Mathematics (STEM) concept at Heartland Academy


What is STEM?

 

STEM is an approach to learning and development that integrates and blends the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. It links in with our current focus on Project Based Learning (PBL) and is in line with our overall school plan target areas. We use STEM from our UKG right through to grade: 12 college level.

 

Through STEM, students develop key skills including:

 

  • problem solving
  • creativity
  • critical analysis
  • teamwork
  • independent thinking
  • initiative
  • communication
  • digital literacy.

 

Why is STEM important at Heartland?

 

 

The global economy is changing. Current jobs are disappearing due to automation and new jobs are emerging every day as a result of technological advances.

The continual advances in technology are changing the way students learn, connect and interact every day. Skills developed by students through STEM provide them with the foundation to succeed at school and beyond.

 

At present we are focusing on project based learning and assessment, many of our teaching practices represent mini projects throughout each lesson. Significantly we have partnered with Ravenswood school for girls in Australia to take on STEM projects including weekly Mathematics on-line learning sessions, Solar light development initiative and Robotics/ coding practices. Our current HA group is working on these weekly and we wish to extend this into broader HA practices.

 

These skills will provide our students with the edge going into future educational and employment specific fields. It is just another way that Heartland is ahead of its time in providing top quality educational experiences.