Since the beginning of 2017, Whakarongo School has been developing and implementing a comprehensive STEM programme in our school.
What is STEM education?
STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education.
STEM is also a comprehensive learning approach where these areas meet and the intersecting knowledge and skills awake into lateral thinking, which in turn develops problem solving and innovation.
Creativity and innovation should be the main thrust of STEM Education.
We focus on these subject areas together not only because the skills and knowledge in each discipline are essential for student success, but also because these fields are deeply intertwined in the real world and in how students learn most effectively.
This approach to education is designed to revolutionise the teaching of subject areas such as mathematics and science by incorporating technology and engineering into the regular curriculum by creating a “meta-discipline.”
STEM Education encourages a curriculum that is driven by problem-solving, discovery, exploratory learning, collaboration, communication, research; and it requires students to actively engage a situation in order to find its solution.
These skills are critical for our kids and their future!
We are developing a 2 pronged approach as shown in the pictorial to the right.
One: We will develop core skills, knowledge, and understanding in specific areas (Electronics, Science, Coding and Robotics) through a structured programme.
Two: On top of this we will build our STEM conceptual units of learning, where we use Inquiry, Computational Thinking and the Engineering Design Process to solve problems and come up with creative solutions through big ideas and problems that transcend these learning areas as well as literacy and our Whakarongo Kid dimensions.