STEAM program leads the way for learning

LAST month, Springfield Primary School launched a new project-based learning approach to science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).

Many excited students converged on the old computer lab for the unveiling of the new ‘Maker Space’, where the program was unveiled.

STEAM coordinator Alicia Peters said the approach was a way of developing traditional skills in more depth.

“It’s a hands-on approach to learning and is the way the future of education is going,” she said.

“The students are given a problem and they have to create a solution for it with the tools provided.”

The initiative will see students create projects either individually or in small groups.

Ms Peters said they were in the process of introducing a schoolwide approach to integrating STEAM into the curriculum.

Teachers can book the Maker Space as needed and students can utilise the room during lunch or recess.

Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston, who was in attendance the opening of the new space, congratulated the school for what they had achieved.

“We know children who learn problem solving skills and are encouraged to be creative are more likely to succeed in life,” she said.

“The Maker Space is an environment where children can have fun learning and practicing these skills.

“Clearly from the smiles on the faces of the children, they are loving it.”

Caption: Springfield Primary School students Makaya Nuttall Stagg, left, and Gloria Wubshet with their Strawbie creations.

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