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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 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 and Parafield Airport
- developing technical and engineering skills to troubleshoot the source of a problem, repair a machine or debug an operating system.
STEM Learning Team
Phone: 8463 5926
Email: Education.STEM [at] sa.gov.au