STEM - The Future of Education

A focus on high-quality science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education is critically important for Australia's current and future productivity. Ensuring that students have the skills they need to live and work in a globalised world, as well as the ability to make well-informed personal decisions and communicate effectively.

To facilitate this new form of project-based learning, the spaces in which students learn must evolve and change quickly. Throughout the day, environments should be able to be reconfigured as needed. This change is needed to facilitate the implementation of any new teaching and learning methodologies. 

Applying STEM knowledge and skills leads to:

  • New products and technologies
  • More efficient services and systems
  • Higher quality health care
  • Enhanced natural resource management
  • New ways to respond to environmental change
  • Progress on tackling National and Global challenges
  • Better decision-making in Governments and industry

Creating zones within your space

Engineering Zone

These dynamic spaces which can include robotics, software, mathematics and coding, teach the next generation of innovators vital meta skills including problem solving, critical thinking, collaborative communication and agile learning. These skills which are needed for future careers, ensure the sustained growth and stability of our global economy.

Engineering settings should support hands on learning with easy access to materials and tangible resources so ingenuity and creativity can be paired with new ideas and innovations.

Science Zone

The science space is all about experimentation! Hands on, visual learning via demonstrations make this an exciting place for interesting lessons. However, as the most hazardous room in the school, safety is paramount. Careful consideration must be provided to ensure quick access to safety equipment, along with appropriately sized working spaces to avoid bumps and spills. Adequate storage for equipment, easy clean surfaces and ensuring the teacher has a clean line of sight, are other key factors in this specialised space.

Art + Graphics Zone

The arts are the first language of young children and it doesn’t stop there. Creativity is an extremely important skill for self-expression, discipline, focus, risk taking and inventiveness. These creative design spaces allow students to connect to abstract concepts and to construct and express their ideas as they learn through doing and inquiry. Large windows for light and ventilation stimulate observation and help students grasp the concepts of space, depth, form and perspective.