STE(A)M is the combined study of Science, Technology, Engineering, (Arts) and Mathematics and is our program for extending student learning and engaging our students in these areas of need for the future.
Point Cook College is proud of its commitment to Science Education. From Foundation through our Primary Years of schooling (Prep – Year 4) students engage in Scientific learning in Inquiry and Sustainability Education.
In our Middle Years (5-9) Science moves into our Specialist program and students are engaged in a program that exposes them to key scientific ideas and practices. This work intensifies into our Secondary Years (Year 7 – 9) when students work in our Laboratories.
Students from Prep to Year 9 have the unique opportunity to be involved in STE(A)M projects and challenges throughout the year however we now add another dimension to the Science program – the Secondary STE(A)M Program. This work is documented in the PCC Strategic Plan (available on our Website).
We have a targeted STEAM learning pathway in Year 7 through to Year 9. This program has been designed for students who are interested in and show an aptitude for Science, problem solving and real-life learning. It has been designed to extend learning and to provide enrichment – we are aiming to build both depth and breadth into our program. The program is a balance of scientific skills and knowledge alongside integrated cross-curricular project based learning.
The selection process involves a standardised test which all students from years 3 -9 participate in. The top 30 students are reviewed and recommended by classroom and science teachers and then offered to participate in a practical test which 20 max students will be chosen. The process is repeated every year to allow for movement in and out of the program for each year level.
Students not part of the program still have exposure to STEAM lessons and resources through the general Science program and access these through the school’s makerspace. The College's Makerspace is a room within our school however its more about the way we teach our students. It’s tied to constructionism theories. The creation of objects whether they be building a computer using Raspberry Pi, creating a video through the use of stop motion animation and green screen technology, 3D printing inventions, creating VR experiences or building 3D shapes out of straws, all have constructionism at their core.