More than 900 primary school students attended the second CEWA STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Showcase at Doubleview’s Newman Siena Centre last week – a huge turnout for the event.
Gabrielle Trinca, Consultant Digital Technologies with CEWA, was thrilled with the success of the event which saw children and educators alike explore, create and experience the theme of Technologies for the Future, with a focus on Aboriginal people as the first STEM educators.
“We’ve had schools working through the CEWA STEM program through Terms Two and Three, and we’ve been working really closely with the teachers to make sure that they’ve got a great understanding of what STEM learning is, as well as embedding Aboriginal perspectives into teaching and learning,” she said.
Ms Trinca said projects by 155 students from Pre-Primary to Year Six students, from both regional and metropolitan Catholic schools, were on display during the event.
“Today is a celebration of all the learning and the work they have done over the last two terms.”
The showcase spanned four hours at Doubleview’s Newman Siena Centre, where visiting students engaged in four different spaces.
They included the STEM Showcase, where processes were outlined, and students followed them to solve problems.
STEM Slam provided an interactive, hands-on space for students to engage in short talks, with a focus on embedding Aboriginal perspectives into teaching and learning.
Students then shared their learning through short, interactive presentations using STEM Stage, an informal session where questions and discussions were encouraged.
The workshop finished with Camp Cardboard, an interactive-only space allowing students to collaborate, problem solve and build.
In preparation for the event, professional learning and support was provided to CEWA educators, online and face-to-face, throughout Term Two and Three.
The showcase was also complemented by industry leaders sharing available services and resources available to schools and educators.
Through STEM learning, students develop key skills in areas including problem solving, creativity, critical analysis, teamwork, independent thinking, communication and digital literacy.