STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. The end results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process. These are the innovators, educators, leaders, and learners of the 21st century!
This approach to learning is certainly not an easy task, but the benefits to students and the entire school community are tremendous. Students and teachers engaged in STEAM make more real-life connections so that school is not a place where you go to learn but instead becomes the entire experience of learning itself. We are always learning, always growing, always experimenting.
At Rollins Primary School we are aligned with Deakin University and are a proud member of the STEM and Entrepreneurship in Primary Schools (SEPS) initiative. The program is designed to improve student engagement and learning with STEM and entrepreneurship. Our STEAM specialist teacher has taken part in two workshops to develop professional practise and a group of our 3/4 students took part in a Regional Maker Fair to exhibit some of their learning in the area of Bio plastics.