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Posted on August 8, 2017
The biggest problems facing the world were the focus of Redlands Year 5-8 students, as they immersed themselves in two STEAM Days – applying the skills they learn in the classroom to real-world problems.
The students participated in a group problem-solving exercise, designing and developing solutions to UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Redlands Year 5 and 6 students were also joined by students from Beauty Point, Manly Vale, Middle Harbour, Neutral Bay, Newington and Trinity Schools to learn from STEAM industry leaders at a day of hands-on, practical exercises conducted by Apple, Microsoft, Adobe, Formula 1 and many more.
Redlands’ integrated approach extends the important, but more traditional STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics by adding Arts.
Bringing together these key areas into STEAM encourages students to embrace creativity and critical thinking in their learning of more technical subjects.
This extension allows students to gain meaningful insights into how different subjects can interrelate to solve problems in practical contexts.
“Learning is not meant to be in a silo – the skills learned in one subject can be readily applied to others,” said Redlands Principle Dr Peter Lennox.
“While technical knowledge is important, so too is creative and innovative thinking – something that was more traditionally associated with Arts subjects.
“STEAM Days ask students to critically identify and apply their learnings in a way that isn’t confined to individual classes or curriculums, and requires students to think both practically and creatively.
“This is just one program through which we help our students to prepare for their senior schooling in the years to come, and the jobs of tomorrow.”