School embraces STEM

Long Street Primary School will officialy open their recently upgraded STEM centre on Wednesday September 12.

The centre has been funded by $1 million from the state government’s STEM Works program secured in 2016.

Long Street STEM coordinator Toyah Smith was excited about the opportunities that these facilities will provide for the students.

“The aim is to integrate the ideas of science, technology, engineering and math in a cross-curricular way so that students are engaging in all of these areas in a more hands on and active way,” Ms Smith said.

Students have already worked on many projects using the new facilities, including one on the biology of bees. They have also made use of the kitchen, making food like cupcakes, cookies and pasta.

Feedback from the students is positive, with Ms Smith saying they ‘love it’.

“The kids love it in this space. They like coming in here. They like doing the experiments. They like the hands on aspect,” she said.

Principal Bryan Rotherham said students ‘love the freedom’.

“They love the freedom of it. It’s an open space where they can go to different sections and do different things,” he said.

The STEM centre also includes a media room, set with a green screen and tiered seating, and a central ramp for robotics.

Importantly, learning can also be taken outside with connections to a covered outdoor learning area.  These adaptable spaces will cater for whole classes, small groups and individuals.

“It is really versatile. We can use it for all sorts of different reasons and all sorts of different things,” Ms Smith said.

“We have had visitors and excursions come in. We had the World of Math people last week and they used the space.”