Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

In the STEM learning area at CSPS we focus on the learning areas of Technology, Engineering and Maths. Science is taught as a separate curriculum area in the classroom at this time.

We have a developmental approach to all learning in STEM.  We are attempting to develop fundamental skills in problem solving, design, critical thinking, risk taking, perseverance and curiosity through coding, robotics, design and 3D printing as well as other media creation activities.

Coding

Grades 3-4 will further their coding experience by using Tynker.

Students will be given the choice to either consolidate their skills using block coding using this new platform, or begin to learn text based coding using the Python coding language.

Grades 5-6 will further their coding experience by learning to code through Minecraft Education Edition which now includes the Coding Connector module.

Here, students will be given a Minecraft project where they have to complete it using coding commands only

Robotics

Students are introduced to Beebots and Spheros robots and work to direct their robots through a series of mazes of varying difficulties, documenting their course using the Show Me application on iPads.

Students are introduced to LEGO WeDo 2.0 robotics including the motion sensor and tilt sensor and use the LEGO EV3 robotics to build understanding of more advanced robotics.

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3D printing

Students use Makers Empire to learn design thinking to help them develop a growth mindset and important problem solving, analytical and spatial thinking skills.

Students have access to the tools, knowledge and support they need to embrace creativity by working on various design projects to be printed on 3D printers.

Notebook computers

Junior school students are introduced to networked computers, learning to manipulate the mouse and develop keyboarding skills, login to a network and develop understanding of networked laptops, access software, find websites and information.

Media Arts

Students from Years 3-6 will have the extra lesson two terms a year in Media Arts. Media Arts is creating works of art on a digital device. Students are exposed to three areas of Media Arts: photography, digital illustration and video production. Students learn the history, terminology, rules and techniques involved in creating stunning photos, works of art and video. Students use green screen technology, iPads, tripods and microphones to enhance their creative projects.

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