Em­brac­ing tech­nol­ogy

STEM PRO­GRAM A NEW PRI­OR­ITY

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

STU­DENT achieve­ment was cel­e­brated at Bel­mont City Col­lege as part of the launch of the STEM (Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy, En­gi­neer­ing, Math­e­mat­ics) elec­tive pro­gram for 2016.

Stu­dents and par­ents from the col­lege’s A Plus Aca­demic En­rich­ment Pro­gram and the pri­mary school ex­ten­sion pro­gram EPIC-Sci­ence show­cased a range of stu­dent work at the Bel­mont City Col­lege Li­brary.

The new STEM pro­gram will al­low stu­dents to par­tic­i­pate in a se­ries of chal­leng­ing, hands-on prob­lem-solv­ing chal­lenges with el­e­ments of struc­tural en­gi­neer­ing, en­vi­ron­men­tal prob­lem-solv­ing, com­puter pro­gram­ming, ro­bot­ics and elec­tron­ics.

Year 6 stu­dents in the EPIC-Sci­ence pro­gram com­pleted a short course in ro­bot­ics and pro­grammed the ro­bots to run an ob­sta­cle course and re­trieve cargo.

A Plus Aca­demic En­rich­ment Pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor Robin Byrne said the col­lege wanted to equip stu­dents with skills to take ad­van­tage of the rapid pace of tech­no­log­i­cal change.

“The world is in a pe­riod of very quick tech­no­log­i­cal change, and for this rea­son STEM is an in­creas­ingly im­por­tant pri­or­ity in education,” Ms Byrne said.

“We are pleased to an­nounce that as of 2016, stu­dents from years 7 to 10 will be able to choose the STEM elec­tive as part of their learn­ing pro­gram.”

Bel­mont City Col­lege stu­dents Thu Huynh, Emily Espen­laub and Mo­hamed Abied take part in the pro­gram Lego Mind­storms Ro­bots, in prepa­ra­tion for the STEM elec­tive in 2016.

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