Science and STEM continue to be a national priority making it a very electrifying time to be a student or educator in this field. Year 8 just finished engaging in a STEM unit ‘Drive to Survive’. The work focused on integrating ideas from Mathematics, Science, Engineering and Technology to explore the implications of automation, transport and some of the reasons for driverless cars. In Mathematics students used statistics to investigate different aspects of cars and road safety, in Science factors that can contribute to the occurrence and severity of an accident were explored and in Technology students built a model car.
The new science spaces have been creating much interest in the education community due to the design principles. Educators have been travelling vast distances to have the opportunity to see learning in action in the Science Laboratories. The design principles of these spaces are enhancing best practice and pedagogy. Loreto Kirribilli has become a leader in this area with a conference paper ‘Creating and adapting 21st century learning spaces for STEM’ presented to School Learning Space Design Criterion Conference in mid-May. This was followed by a school visit of thirty participants that included architects, principals and teachers from interstate and across sectors. The slides used at the conference can be accessed here. We thank our articulate students for their time and feedback.
The new stage 6 Science syllabus have been released and planning and programming for their introduction in 2018 are well underway. From 2018 students will continue to be able to study six units of Science in Year 11 and for the 2019 HSC exam students can study up to seven units of Science in Year 12. This change allows for the study of Science Extension – a new one unit Year 12 course which will be examined for the first time as part of the 2019 HSC. Year 10 students are nearing subject selections for their Stage 6 studies and they are encouraged to speak with their science teachers and the science coordinator to discuss their options, as well as, the changes to the Biology, Chemistry and Physics courses.
Year 10 students will have the opportunity to develop a greater understanding of the career opportunities in STEM during their excursion on 16 June. Students will visit two of the following locations: Qantas Mascot, Arup Digital CBD, Arup Barangaroo, Transurban Lane Cove Tunnel, Seymour Whyte Construction Project in Castle Hill OR Jacobs Transport Project, North Sydney.
A reminder that 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.
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Melanie Pacheco (Ms)