Science, Technologies, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and STEM education have become the focus of considerable political, industry and media commentary. It is an exciting time for young women to pursue a career in STEM as the prospects and career choices available are endless. The STEM disciplines at Loreto are currently designing an integrated approach to the teaching and learning of STEM through intensive projects in Year 7 and 8, and a STEM elective in Stage 5, for delivery in 2018.
This term, Year 7 will engage in a unit after the examinations that will require them to address the real world problem of the decline in population numbers of bees. Coding Club is another STEM opportunity that has been running this year during lunchtimes where interested students have been working with code, EV3’s and Sphero Balls. The Coding Club will compete in some national programs and challenges next year including RoboCup and First Robotic Challenge. We thank Ms Fraser and Ms O’Reilly for their dedication to the Coding Club.
We would like to congratulate Meg Lonie (Year 8) who has been selected as a prize winner in the 2016 STANSW Young Scientist Awards. This competition is a state wide event that receives hundreds of entries. Meg’s Student Research Project investigated the effect of temperature on the surface tension of different liquids. The STANSW Young Scientist Awards Presentation Ceremony will be held at the University of Wollongong on Wednesday, 2 November, and we wish her all the best in this prestigious state fair. Meg’s project has also been selected as a finalist in the national 2017 BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards. Her entry was one of 60 investigation projects that were selected from New South Wales to compete against the best projects from other Australian states and territories, for an opportunity to win a trip to Los Angeles to compete in the 2017 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in May, 2017. We congratulate Meg for unleashing the scientist within her and hope that she inspires future scientists from Loreto. We offer our congratulations to our dedicated Year 12 Science students for the way they have applied themselves in the lead up to and during this intense period of formal examinations.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank their teachers: Mr Manning, Ms Rodwell, Ms Fraser and Ms O’Keefe, as well as Mr Steel for his support during Year 12 laboratory practicals. Year 7-10 scientists are currently preparing for their Yearly Examinations. They are encouraged to view these exams as an opportunity to display their knowledge and as a source of feedback to further improve. We encourage learners to complete individual hand-written study notes, to use their textbooks and Education Perfect as a source of preparation. It is critical that during their exam preparation for Science, students practise the process of applying knowledge and skills to exam style questions. Students are also encouraged to continue to work closely with their teachers. Science Homework/Tutor Club runs every Thursday at lunch in lab 7/8 or at any other time by appointment with any Science teacher. Please encourage your daughter to attend for any assistance she may need with homework, a concept that needs a little more explanation, or to help her prepare for assessment tasks.
Melanie Pacheco (Ms)