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STEM in public schools

STEM is taught in the Australian Curriculum through the learning areas of science, technologies and mathematics.

Reception to year 10

Reception to year 10 science

Science in the Australian Curriculum gives students opportunities to understand important concepts and processes, the practices used to develop scientific knowledge, its contribution to our culture and society, and its uses in our lives. Students develop scientific knowledge, understanding and skills to make informed decisions about local, national and global issues, and to succeed in science-related careers.

Find out more about the reception to year 10 science curriculum.

Reception to year 10 technologies

Technologies in the Australian Curriculum brings together Design and Technologies and Digital Technologies. Students learn about, and work with, traditional, contemporary and emerging technologies that shape our world. Students engage in critical and creative thinking including understanding interrelationships in systems when solving complex problems.

Find out more about the reception to year 10 technologies curriculum.

Reception to year 10 mathematics

Mathematics in the Australian Curriculum helps students to build essential mathematical skills and knowledge in number, algebra, measurement, space, statistics and probability. It develops the numeracy capabilities that all students need in their personal, work and civic life. Mathematics provides opportunities for students to apply their mathematical understanding creatively and is vital for the other STEM disciplines.

Find out more about the reception to year 10 mathematics curriculum.

General capabilities in the Australian Curriculum

STEM learning offers a rich context for learning and developing the general capabilities. There are 7 general capabilities that add richness and depth across the learning areas. Students can apply these capabilities in complex and changing circumstances, in their learning at school and in their lives outside of school.

Senior secondary students

The South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)

The SACE offers a range of subjects to support STEM further education and career pathways, such as:

Vocational education and training (VET) pathways

The growing industries of defence, space, digital and cyber security, community service and health in South Australia all need people with vocational qualifications. Other opportunities include agriculture, aquaculture and horticulture, defence, electro-technology, horticulture, ICT, engineering and manufacturing, gaming and visual effects.

Students can work towards VET qualifications that are:

  • accredited within the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).
  • recognised within the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).

The Student Pathways website takes you from school to the world of work. Explore careers in demand across South Australia, know what to study, connect with employers, and build your CV.

STEM Learning Team

Phone: 8463 5926
EmailEducation.STEM [at] sa.gov.au