STEM Learning – IDEAS in Years 7 & 8
IDEAS (Innovate Design Explore Achievement Student-centered) is a school-based program with an explicit focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) for students in Years 7 & 8. Students gain and apply knowledge, deepen their understanding and develop creative and critical thinking skills within an authentic problem solving context.
Integrated – Interdisciplinary Learning
Through the IDEAS program, students are provided with opportunities to engage and build on prior STEM understandings. It also allows students to make connections between interdisciplinary areas of knowledge. Goal-directed practice combined with effective feedback enhances the quality of learning by providing students with specific design challenges and ongoing feedback from peers, teachers and self-evaluations of their solutions.
Motivation plays a critical role in guiding the quality of learning that will take place. Students’ motivation determines, directs and sustains what they learn – students gain greater autonomy over what, when and how they learn. IDEAS generates a high level of interest and motivation.
Goal Oriented Learning
This program engages students in collaborative design activity that encourages them to take responsibility for their planning, self-assessing, monitoring and reflection. To become self-directed learners, students must learn to monitor and adjust their approaches to learning.
This program also provides an opportunity for students to learn, problem-solve and demonstrate their skills and talents in creative and challenging ways, whilst developing scientific, technological and mathematical capabilities. This is done in conjunction with literacy and numeracy to create and communicate information and ideas, solve problems and work collaboratively in a diverse learning environment.
Students will be involved in: