StEMartin De Porres

This year we've embarked on our STEM journey. It's been a bit of a rollercoaster, but we're on the ride now and don't plan on getting off anytime soon!

We were lucky enough to be a part of the Design Sprint back in May. It was a great day and I walked away from it amazed at how quickly my students picked up new technologies and implemented their ideas in a collaborative way in such a short span of time (and with very little experience too!)

We've made a conscious effort here at SMDP to purchase resources for our students to use, and so far it's been a lot of fun letting the students find out what our new learning tools can do!

We have also been fortunate enough to have a couple of professional development sessions with Craig from CEM Western Office. Hands on, the staff loved it and we all learned a lot!

In the Junior and Middle Learning Communities, we've incorporated the use of MakeDo kits to construct items with a real focus on Environment and Sustainability. My students were able to make a bin out of cardboard, and attached a Makey Makey so that when you open the bin lid, it said "Thankyou for your rubbish." Their goal was to make looking after the environment fun and more appealing, and they really hit the mark with their projects.

Later on this term, we are having an Art Show, and the STEM team here will be making an effort to incorporate elements of STEM design into our exhibition. Pictures will follow no doubt.

We had a go at making iPad holders. It was our first time using MakeDo kits and the students were beside themselves!

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