What does educational change look like? To unlock cleverness in education, our students have found a passion for learning through authorship, the ability to create solutions themselves for real-life problems in our local community.
Students have embraced new ideas and through STEM education young people are building capacity and the case for change.
In 2012, in the highly innovative manufacturing nation of Singapore, 52% of university graduates were from STEM related courses. In Australia, the proportion was just 16% (PwC,2015) We can improve learning outcomes and student engagement through STEM and STEAM.
The average 12 year old will have 17 different jobs in their lifetime, across 5 different industries. (FYA,2016)
Less Talk and More Action
Mount Evelyn Primary School students have continued to foster strong links with the wider community. We have made a positive change for road safety in Mount Evelyn.
How do you know girls are engaged in STEM?
Well from the very beginning they bite their lips and look around at everyone in the group. They don’t believe that they themselves can make a difference. They think it is going to be that other girl.
Hang on... it doesn’t take long for something powerful to happen. They start believing in their own abilities and start using all of their knowledge and skills to take action.
They get involved. Really involved to change themselves and inspire others.
It’s cutting edge. It’s the girl's STEM project to reduce speed on our roads through the VicRoads Towards Safer Speeds Challenge. They own this project and are the authors to create change, not just at school but outside in the real world!
WHAT STEMGIRLS SAY?
"85% of drivers are speeding according to local traffic data."
"We are designing a 3D optical illusion school crossing to create safer speeds for drivers."
"Do you think the crossing is safe? We have been learning about road safety and we have been interviewing parents about the school crossing."