It’s full STEAM ahead
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.