STEAM refers to learning and teaching within the educational disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. The focus of STEAM can be through each individual discipline and through an integrated approach.
Through STEAM, students develop key skills including:
- critical analysis
- independent thinking
- digital literacy.
Why is STEAM important?
The global economy is changing. Current jobs are disappearing due to automation and new jobs are emerging every day as a result of technological advances.
The continual advances in technology are changing the way students learn, connect and interact every day. Skills developed by students through STEAM provide them with the foundation to succeed at school and beyond.
Employer demand for STEAM qualifications and skills is high and will continue to increase in the future. Currently, 75 per cent of jobs in the fastest-growing industries require workers with STEAM skills. To be competitive, the Australian workforce needs people who can adapt to a changing workplace.
STEAM empowers individuals with the skills to succeed and adapt to this changing world.
What are we doing at Denmark Senior High School?
Students are encouraged to value the diversity of choices available to them and to recognise the importance of STEAM in their future. In Senior School, students are encouraged to study at least two STEAM courses.
Within each discipline, students are given the big picture of the world around them and how the skills learned will create opportunities in their future.
As part of our integrated approach, we are developing study units in:
- Robotics and automation
- Sustainability and environmental design
- Video game design
In these units of study, students will work on projects that will integrate the different STEAM skills, in addition to working on problem-solving, team building and communication skills.