STEM at St Fidelis Catholic Primary School

WOW!! What a great achievement by the two year 6 students to win the Scienceworks and the Integration of Digital Technologies (Primary) Award at this year's STEM MAD Competition.

Productive mess during the Design Sprint incursion

During the last 18 months through restrictions and lockdowns due to the COVID19 pandemic, Scienceworks and Emilie have been working with our school and students to implement the STEM program at St Fidelis Catholic Primary School. Emilie has supported and guided us on how to receive the best from the students. By allowing the students to go through a 'Design Sprint' process, making errors and how to solve their problems by using Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. It was amazing to observe and guide the students with their STEM ideas and watch their ideas become physical. Two Year 6 students Harry and Isaac designed and created a coded prosthetic arm called Armstrong using the LEGO Spike Prime kit and program. The prosthetic arm was especially designed for someone who was a nephew to one of our staff members who had a missing hand at birth. Armstrong made a difference to someone's life. I believe, when students are working on a STEM project, we need to make it real where they can see they are making a difference in the world. STEM MAD gives all students the opportunity to showcase their amazing thinking and ideas! The children are our FUTURE and they are the ones to create a better world for future generations!

Students working collaboratively on their prototype during a Design Sprint incursion

Thank you Emilie and Scienceworks for your guidance and support. We hope to continue our 'Collaboration' with you next year and the years to come.

Joe Frazzetto

STEM & Visual Art Specialist

St Fidelis Catholic Primary School

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