The STEM Challenge course provides opportunities for students to apply content to real world problems in order to further develop important skills.
Using design thinking with aspects of the scientific inquiry process, students explore topics and problems such as concussion in sports, engineering and the marine environment, health outcomes for the elderly and the use of drones as a tool to assist others.
Our focus skills are:
- Critical thinking to evaluate information and arguments. Seeing patterns and connections, exploring an idea in order to make an informed decision or choice.
- Communication is the skill of presenting information in a clear, concise and meaningful way and has various purposes: informing, instructing, motivating, and persuading. It also requires listening.
- Collaboration refers to the capacity to work in teams to create and share ideas ensuring decisions are made in an equitable fashion. To effectively work and learn together.
- Creativity is when a person considers opportunities and possibilities. They ask the right questions to create ideas and pursue innovative ways to assist others.
- Persistence when someone continues despite difficulty or challenges in order to achieve an objective.
As the program evolves our vision is that external bodies and individuals, particularly those located within the CBD, will engage with our students to find innovative solutions.