Cardijn has led the way for the last five years in STEM education. The integration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics has been the foundation of our INSPIRE program along with our F1 in Schools, DRONE, UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), Hovercraft, Subs in Schools, Holden Ecovolt and many more STEM related activities and competitions. Most recently our F1 in Schools professional class team won the state championships and are now preparing for the national competition to coincide with the Melbourne Grand Prix in 2019.
The integration of these subjects also includes Design as a crucial step in any problem solving and STEM related activity. Students use a range of tools such as CAD and virtual software to test their designs for purpose, cost and safety. The practical orientation and collaborative nature of these learning activities are a big hit with our students. The challenge of solving problems for real life and environmental issues is a strong motivating factor for learning. This type of learning also contributes to our desire in our curriculum to draw more specifically on LIFE competencies in preparing our students for future learning and work. Working in teams, using a creative mind, collaboration, communication and problem solving are all crucial elements of this new learning experience. Students are challenged to develop higher order thinking skills and step away from routine procedural learning tasks – which in the world of robots and automation is precisely what is taking over!!
Cardijn students not only lead the way with this new learning but are also challenged to be leaders to make a difference in their community and world with “Local Touch and Global Reach”.