Kal Pri­mary STEAMS ahead

The Australian Education Reporter - - NEWS - JES­SICA CUM­MINS

NORTH Kal­go­or­lie Pri­mary School has won the in­au­gu­ral Of­ficemax STEAM grants pro­gram for WA.

The ini­tia­tive helps ed­u­ca­tors in­te­grate STEAM (sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing, arts, and math­e­mat­ics) learn­ing into pri­mary and sec­ondary schools.

$2500 was al­lo­cated to one win­ner per state with the grand prize of $5000 al­lo­cated to the na­tional win­ner.

Les­son plans, in­quiry units and a pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment pro­gram were all in­cluded in the kit to pro­vide ed­u­ca­tors with the tools they need to en­gage chil­dren in un­der­stand­ing ab­stract con­cepts.

As one of 600 en­tries na­tion­ally, North Kal­go­or­lie Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal Ruth Cul­ver re­ceived $2500 for the school.

“Our school is in a re­gional town in WA, 600km from Perth. En­sur­ing an ed­u­ca­tion com­pa­ra­ble to metropoli­tan ar­eas is im­por­tant to us,” she said.

“This grant will al­low us to present op­por­tu­ni­ties that foster and de­velop stu­dents’ dig­i­tal lit­er­acy, cre­ativ­ity, in­no­va­tion, crit­i­cal think­ing and com­pu­ta­tional think­ing skills at our school as well as in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

North Kal­go­or­lie Pri­mary School will use the OF­FICEMAX STEAM re­sources to en­gage chil­dren in lessons.

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