S.T.E.M. at St Joseph's

Three teams from St Joseph’s Bardon entered the Young ICT Explorers competition hosted at the University of Queensland last weekend.  One of the teams was awarded third place out of 28 teams for their Maths game involving complex Scratch coding.  The team was awarded their prize by the honourable Leeanne Enoch.  The Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business was very impressed by all of the entries at this exciting event and stressed the need for schools to continue to promote S.T.E.M. subjects in our schools. 


St Joseph’s also entered a team for the Robocup Soccer competition held at the UQ earlier this month.  The team of four Year 6 students had spent months prior to the competition building and programming two EV3 Lego Mindstorm Robots. The programming involved was very complex and the team learnt a lot about problem solving through the process.  In this competition, the St Joseph’s team competed against Year 10 and 11 students and won two of their six games. 


At St Joseph’s Bardon S.T.E.M. is being integrated in an exciting way throughout the school.  Thanks to a partnership with the University of Queensland and being successful in obtaining the Digital Technologies grant from the federal government awarded earlier this year, an ICT collaborative is underway.  The emphasis of the collaborative is to build teacher capacity in the various strands of the Digital Technologies Curriculum such as Design Thinking, Computational Thinking and Systems Thinking.  These are incorporated through rich tasks often unplugged.  The use of technologies is then used within the classroom to support various subject areas.

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