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 (Years 5 and 6) 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 we 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 are creating a targeted learning pathway in Year 7 through to Year 9 for students in Science and Mathematics. 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. Examples of teaching and learning from the program involve:
3D printed cells
Coding Scratch games with home made Makey Makey controllers