Our Vision Statement and Goal
The Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics (STEAM) model at Duncraig Senior High School will provide students with the skills to understand the world and their place in it. Through multidisciplinary learning, students will explore, be innovative and develop their critical thinking skills to enable them to solve problems based on real world issues in the 21st century.
STEAM recognises the students as stakeholders within their local community and provides opportunities for them to connect and provide viable solutions to promote positive changes.
Why did we choose STEAM not STEM?
STEAM is a way to take all the benefits of STEM and complete the package by integrating these principles in and through both Arts and Humanities.
STEAM takes STEM to the next level.
It allows students to connect their learning in these critical areas together with arts practices, elements, design principles, and standards to provide the whole pallet of learning at their disposal. Inquiry, curiosity, being able to find solutions to a problem, and being creative in the finding of the solutions is at the heart of this approach. This means that both Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences is woven into STEAM and will be included.
STEAM removes limitations and replaces them with wonder, critique, inquiry, and innovation.
Our foundations of STEAM will foster inquisition, incorporate critical thinking and encourage process-based learning. It is extremely important that our students utilise Higher Order Thinking Skills across the curriculum and develop their individual ‘Toolkit’ of Problem Solving Skills. The entire idea surrounding STEAM based activities and the STEAM approach to learning is based around the students developing an innate desire to find solutions to problems.
We want the students to start asking ‘non-Google’ questions.
Why is STEAM so important for our students?
The global economy is changing. Current jobs are disappearing due to automation and new jobs are emerging every day due to technological advances. The continual advances in technology are changing the way students learn, connect and interact daily. Skills developed by students through STEAM provide them with the foundations 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% 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.
By integrating STEAM activities across learning areas and year groups, our students are given opportunities to develop the qualifications and skills needed to constantly adapt in a dynamic and evolving employment landscape.
Our students will be involved in STEAM based incursions, excursions and competitions.