It’s full STEAM ahead

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Education Week 2019 -

Con­struc­tion is well un­der­way for St Brigid’s Col­lege’s ar­chi­tect-de­signed, pur­pose built STEAM cen­tre in Horsham, a fea­ture of the col­lege.

The STEAM cen­tre is a first of its kind for the Wim­mera.

STEAM ed­u­ca­tion in­volves in­te­grated and col­lab­o­ra­tive learn­ing across science, tech­nol­ogy, engi­neer­ing, arts and math­e­mat­ics.

The acro­nym ‘STEAM’ refers to these el­e­ments as a way of think­ing about more than a stand-alone sub­ject.

St Brigid’s Col­lege school de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Rhi­an­non Aber­nethy said stu­dents of to­day re­quired prob­lem-solv­ing skills, in­no­va­tive and cre­ative think­ing and dig­i­tal skills.

“Fu­ture gen­er­a­tions need to learn how to think crit­i­cally and flex­i­bly in or­der to adapt to our rapidly chang­ing world,” she said.

“We are ex­pand­ing our teach­ing and learn­ing pro­gram to en­sure we con­tinue to meet the needs of our cur­rent and fu­ture stu­dents.

“Build­ing an even bet­ter St Brigid’s Col­lege is an ex­cit­ing project and the new STEAM cen­tre build­ing her­alds a bright fu­ture for our col­lege.”

Mrs Aber­nethy also con­firmed

that with the suc­cess of two ‘Bright Sparks’ pro­grams in 2018, the col­lege was ex­cited to bring back Bright Sparks this year.

“We con­tinue to look for op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­tend stu­dents and de­velop their pas­sions, gift­ed­ness and tal­ent,” she said.

“This year we are of­fer­ing nine work­shops, in­clud­ing three of our most suc­cess­ful work­shops – ‘Food, Glo­ri­ous Food’, ‘Weird Science’ and ‘irobot’.

“These work­shops have proven to be pop­u­lar again, as well as new work­shops – ‘Sports Academy’, ‘Shut­ter­bugs’ and ‘Wear­able Art’.

“With 45 stu­dents tak­ing the op­por­tu­nity to hone their skills in their area of ex­per­tise, we wel­come back 21 stu­dents who com­pleted the pro­gram last year.

“We are re­ally ex­cited the stu­dents have loved the pro­gram so much that they are back for a sec­ond or third go at Bright Sparks.

“We love see­ing the tal­ent of the next gen­er­a­tion of young peo­ple and con­tinue to be amazed by stu­dents’ ca­pa­bil­i­ties.”

PROGRESS: St Brigid’s Col­lege prin­ci­pal Peter Gut­teridge checks on progress of a new STEAM cen­tre at the col­lege.

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