STEM Mentoring Program
Year 4-8 students explore real-world problems and solutions in STEM program
There have been many exciting developments in Science, Technology, Maths and Engineering recently and a select group of Danebank students have been engaging with these issues in a program designed to explore innovative design solutions to big picture problems.
Twenty girls drawn from Years 4 – 8 have participated in a STEM workshop program during Terms 1 and 2 with Dr Simon Crook, a PhD graduate and Honorary Associate of the School of Physics at The University of Sydney.
Guided by Dr Crook, the girls engaged with engineering and scientific principles in workshop activities, while also nominating a real world challenge to explore.
They participated in research around that real world problem, identifying the nature of the problem, researching current practice and potential obstacles and designing their own solution.
Students chose to explore problems with STEM solutions including water use and filtration, global warming and energy challenges, animal poaching, pesticides used in farming, vehicle pollution, elderly mobility devices, child labour and space debris.
The students spent time in mentoring sessions with Dr Crook developing innovative approaches to their chosen issue and came to exciting, future-focused conclusions.
We have been delighted to witness the research capacities, lateral thinking and inventive solutions of the students involved and feel confident the future is in safe hands.
Ms Kate Nunn and Mrs Nerelle Fraser