Learning – Curriculum
OCEAN GROVE PRIMARY SCHOOL
The STEM program at Ocean Grove Primary School is based around the key ideas of curiosity, problem solving and collaboration. Students are given the opportunity to participate in a wide range of hands-on activities and challenges that revolve around Science, Design Technology and Digital Technology.
In the Junior years, students will use a range of building materials to solve problems and tackle design challenges. Rafts that can float are built using icy pole sticks, tin foil and rubber bands. Bee-Bots are utilised to begin the journey of coding. Mountains of LEGO and plasticine are provided to allow students to explore their creativity skills and respond to a problem. In the STEM room during the first week back of school, we don’t talk about what we did on the holidays – we build it!
In the Middle and Senior years, students explore a range of scientific concepts and are exposed to a wide array of digital technologies. They have the chance to tackle 3D Design and print their products on a 3D printer. We learn to code various robotics such as Edison robots, Spheros and Dash robots. Students develop their coding skills further with Scratch. They share their knowledge via creative-based apps such as Explain Everything and upload it for their parents to view on Seesaw.
There’s even a lunchtime Tinkering Club for the student that likes to get a screwdriver in hand and dismantle an old stereo unit to see how it worked.
The STEM room at OGPS is a place where any question is interesting and any student can feel comfortable to explore learning in some unique ways.