Curriculum

STEM

At EGPS students participate in a range of student-lead STEM tasks. STEM which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is an integrated learning area that empowers students as active and engaged learners who use an engineering design process to solve real world problems.

STEM supports inclusivity for all students, ignites their curiosity and develops essential 21st century skills to be future thinkers, innovators and problem solvers within the workforce of tomorrow. During STEM students follow set Engineering Expectations involving the character strengths of GRIT, creativity, teamwork and persistence; in line with the school’s Positive Education model.

Within Environmental Sustainability lessons students produce STEM design solutions that address and take care of our ever-changing climate and environment, as responsive and informed citizens within both their local and global community.  This has included investigating the global problem of ocean pollution including microplastics to design filtering systems, using technology to explore the future of renewable energy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, monitoring local weather patterns effected by climate change, and designing sustainable gardens that support biodiversity and reduce waste.

At EGPS we also through STEM strive to connect students to their wider community. This has resulted in the development of strong partnership programs with Playford International College. These STEM gatherings provide students access to a wide range of technologies, tools and resources, as well as the opportunity to take part in peer mentoring. Activities include 3D printing insect hotels, coding using robots and designing using MakeDo.

Engineering expectations

3D printed insect hotels to increase biodiversity in our school garden.

 

Constructing and designing wind turbines and solar powered cars to generate renewable energy.

Learning about robotics and 3D printing at Playford International College

Designing filters to remove microplastics from common everyday hygiene products

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