iSTEAM

For Years 9 and 10 students

Contact

iSTEAM Co-ordinator: Virginia Ellis
Email: vellis@barker.nsw.edu.au

Year 9

iSTEAM

There are 5 key focus areas in this course:

• To develop an understanding of role and potential of STEM and the possibilities these areas bring for our student’s future choices.
• Use a range of tools, technologies and processes to develop solutions to a wide variety of problems
• Tackle problems that relate to present and future real world issues – local & global
• An integrated approach – complimentary to traditional subjects, not a replacement.
• Practical relevance to scientific and mathematical concepts.

The emphasis is on inquiry based learning whilst developing 21st century thinking and exploration skills.

The course comprises of a combination of core modules that look at STEM fundamentals and electives where the students can make some choices in the work they produce. The range of areas include CAD/CAM, prototyping, motion, aerodynamics, mechatronics and biomedical innovation to name a few. The staff who teach this course bring expertise from a wide variety of faculties and work collaboratively on the design, instruction and delivery of the course. We also utilize industry experts to advise, mentor and challenge the students in their project work.

The students are deeply engaged in the design thinking process and all units comprise of either individual or group projects.

Students may choose iSTEAM in both Years 9 and 10, or take the course in Year 9 or 10 only.

Assessment Structure

Three projects – each with elements of the design process – ideation, design, written, construction components.

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Year 10

iSTEAM

There are 5 key focus areas in this course:

• To develop an understanding of role and potential of STEM and the possibilities these areas bring for our student’s future choices.
• Use a range of tools, technologies and processes to develop solutions to a wide variety of problems
• Tackle problems that relate to present and future real world issues – local & global
• An integrated approach – complimentary to traditional subjects, not a replacement.
• Practical relevance to scientific and mathematical concepts.

The emphasis is on inquiry based learning whilst developing 21st century thinking and exploration skills.

The course comprises of a combination of core modules that look at STEM fundamentals and electives where the students have choices in the work they produce. The range of areas include CAD/CAM, prototyping, motion, mechatronics and biomedical innovation to name a few. The staff who teach this course bring expertise from a wide variety of faculties and work collaboratively on the design, instruction and delivery of the course. We also utilize industry experts to advise, mentor and challenge the students in their project work.

The students are deeply engaged in the design thinking process and all units comprise of either individual or group projects.

Students may choose iSTEAM in Year 10 without having studied the Year 9 course. 

Assessment Structure

Three projects – each with elements of the design process – ideation, design, written, construction components.

The final project is an open ended project of the student’s choice.

No examination.

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