“In the 21st century, scientific and technological innovations have become increasingly important as we face the benefits and challenges of both globalization and a knowledge-based economy. To succeed in this new information-based and highly technological society, students need to develop their capabilities in STEM to levels much beyond what was considered acceptable in the past.” (National Science Foundation)
STEM learning focuses on science, technology, engineering and math to build children’s critical thinking skills and sense of curiosity. This field of education presents real-world scenarios that kids solve with a hands-on approach.
With the world becoming an increasingly complex place, it’s important for children to grasp STEM concepts to prepare themselves to participate in the future workforce and to understand how technology works. Beyond the practical applications, it’s just plain fun!
Last week, in Primary, it was Dinky Maths Safari week. This week brings STEM learning to the forefront of our classroom learning with each class challenged to create a mini-car rally safari circuit within their classroom incorporating a bridge, a raft, a ramp and a pulley system. Additionally, the children take on the dinky safari circuit around the school campus, racing to be the driver and co-driver with the fastest time. The children took on the challenges with great excitement, problem solving their way around creating their own circuit in their classrooms, thinking critically about their engineering creations and taking great delight in their successes!
Congratulations to our eventual winners on their victory! We are looking forward to next year's event already!