STEM PROGRAM A NEW PRIORITY
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.