ARMADALE Primary School has set the bar high when it comes to preparing students for future employment opportunities.
The school was named a finalist in the 2015 Governor’s School STEM Awards held at Government House on December 3.
The inaugural awards recognise the quality teaching and learning, which is key to developing young people’s interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
The Governor of Western Australia, Kerry Sanderson, presented Armadale Primary School with its award after it was recognised as one of the top four STEM primary schools in the State.
Science specialist at Armadale Primary School Mady Colquhoun said there were many areas of the school’s curriculum staff had started to bring together under the STEM banner.
“We build bat and possum boxes, students enter the state science competition (Science Talent Search) and have wonderful success and we are starting to work at integrating cross-curricular skills in science and maths particularly with data collection and analysis,” she said.
Mrs Colquhoun said that the school also has science themed ‘take home’ boxes so that students can do their own open-ended science at home with family and friends.
The primary school is also involved with a number of environmental programs, including the re-vegetation of local creeks and treating areas of Settlers Common bushland reserve against dieback disease.
“One of the main areas is continuing to work with a cross curricular linking of science and maths,” Mrs Colquhoun said.
“Within the science program we have started heading towards robot programming with visits by Robogals this year – a university-based program introducing girls to the concept of programming.”
Mrs Colquhoun said while STEM was the teaching model of the moment, it was still reliant on good teaching and learning programs.
“STEM is the blending together of what students are learning in these curriculum areas, in an integrated approach – particularly to solve problems and allow for the creation of new ideas,“ she said.
The STEM focus is to ensure Australia is well equipped to embrace the future job market, which requires skills in science, engineering, technology and maths.