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Walliston Primary student Laura Stump enjoys making her own drone.

Having fun with maths and science

Walliston Primary School and Fire Tech Camp Australia are working together to actively engage Walliston students in modern and developing digital technologies.

The school is seeking to introduce STEM to their students and the approach integrates four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied way.

As oppose to teaching the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects.

STEM students are able to gain and apply knowledge, deepen their understanding and develop creative and critical thinking skills by working in authentic conditions.

STEM set to become an integral component of the new 2018 Western Australian school curriculum.

Educators say scientific and technological innovations are becoming increasingly important as students face the benefits and challenges of globalisation and a knowledge-based economy.

Walliston Primary School deputy principal Craig Mainard said the school’s recent STEM festival week was greatly enjoyed by all who participated.

He said in order to succeed in this new information-based and highly technological society, students needed to develop their STEM capabilities to levels far beyond what was previously considered acceptable.

Mr Mainard said Walliston has a strong school culture built around engaging their students and teaching them practical life skills, such as problem-solving, working cooperatively, asking questions and learning to think creatively and innovatively.

The festival which was held during week nine of this term enabled the school community to become involved in a number of initiatives and the extension group spent a day buiding and piloting drones.

Mr Mainard said the whole school festival encouraged students to think in new and clever ways through their participation in endeavours such as robotics, coding, video game design and world building.

Student leadership group member Laura Stump said she really enjoyed all the STEM tasks including making drones, programming ozobots and working on minecraft.

About Rashelle Predovnik

Rashelle has been the senior journalist at Echo News since June 2011. She was a finalist in the WA Media Awards in 2015 and 2013. In 2014 Rashelle took out the whole print category in the Deborah Kirwan Media Awards for a series of stories she wrote that has positively influenced community attitudes towards seniors. In 2013, Rashelle was a finalist in the Consumer Protection Media Awards. Before joining Echo News, Rashelle worked at WA Business News, Media Monitors, she was a freelance journalist and taught journalism units at Murdoch University.

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