STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – covers a wide range of disciplines and skills, which are increasingly in demand in our rapidly changing world. STEM skills and knowledge are important for all stages of our learning, jobs and everyday lives.
STEM education and training covers the specific knowledge and skills found in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. It also covers the interrelationship between these areas, allowing learning to be delivered in an integrated way, helping a deeper engagement in the four disciplines.
STEM knowledge and skills are embedded within the Victorian Curriculum, in Mathematics, Science, Design and Technologies, and Digital Technologies. STEM education also develops capabilities such as critical and creative thinking, collaboration and ethical decision making.
Senior secondary students with a strong interest in STEM can access education and training pathways, including the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) and Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs.
The STELR Program
VUSC has a strong focus on STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) as part of the DE&T’s initiative for Victorian schools. In 2016 our College established a new partnership with Orica who donated over $5000 worth of Science equipment to the school as part of the STELR Program.
The STELR Program is a science education program which is the major education initiative of the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering (ATSE). VUSC now has purpose-built renewable energy equipment and curriculum materials that use the context of wind and solar energy to teach students about energy concepts and electric circuits.
As we were STELR’s 500th school partnership, we held a celebration at the Junior Campus Science Centre. Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel AO FTSE and Victoria’s Lead Scientist Dr Leonie Walsh FTSE were both present and very much enjoyed seeing our students at work creating solar and wind power with the new equipment.
A short video of the event can be viewed here.
Our new partnership with Orica will see business professionals including scientists and engineers host mentoring programs and workshops for our students to give them an insight into careers in the science, technology and engineering fields.
The staff at ATSE interviewed our STEM Leading Teacher, Sheena Yaremko, and asked her to describe what the STELR project offers students and teachers at VUSC, and how STELR is different to other science education programs. The video also features some of our students. Click on this link to view the interview with Ms Yaremko.