Cardijn leads with influence and impact

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”.

Schools see need to adapt to world of automation

Dr Paul Rijken is principal of Cardijn College, a Catholic secondary co-educational school (R-12) in the southern region of Adelaide with a total of 1750 students and 170 staff. Marcellin is a campus of Cardijn College. It provides students in Years 10 to 12 with SACE, training and apprenticeships. It has an enrolment of over 170 students and 30 staff. Galilee is the newest campus of Cardijn College offering R-7, with plans to expand the middle school to Year 9 by 2023. Paul has been the principal at Cardijn College since 2005. He has a Ph.D. from Curtin University in Science and Mathematics Education. He is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educational Leaders.

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