At the moment, the STEM word in education is heard coming from the politicians, teachers, students, parents and the business community. However, at the moment there is no official STEM curriculum in Victoria.
So how do teachers create relevant, authentic and viable curriculum? I will presenting a case study of my school, Wyndham Central College. I took over a “STEM” program from teachers who left at the end of 2016. There was no curriculum and some Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 kits.
I decided I wanted to create projects that were authentic and relevant for year 9 and 10 students.
So how did we approach it? By mapping curriculum from the year 9-10 science, Year 9-10 Technology, Year 9-10 Digital Technologies and year 9-10 Maths curriculum.
I will provide some examples of the projects and show a method of vertical mapping the curriculum.
We have created a STEM Program which has a tutor class in year 9 and 10 and multiple electives in year 9 and 10 which include : Robotics and Coding, F1 In Schools, 3D Autodesk Design, 3D Printing, Design Thinking and other STEM Projects.