Secondary School

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

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Ravenswood is committed to offering students the broadest possible range of opportunities. The school is committed to ensuring students have the opportunity to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects and the careers available through these disciplines.

The STEM program at Ravenswood is flourishing as additional opportunities are continually being added in this important field. Pedagogies, or ways of teaching, which promote the type of learning valued in STEM areas, cluster around student-directed learning, problem solving, critical thinking and creativity.

Ravenswood’s STEM program encompasses the whole-school. Examples include the Makey Makey circuit board where Kindergarten begin to explore computer science experimentation. A highlight is the Year 6 Lego Robotics program. Year 6 students use graphical interface to code robots to perform simple yet fun tasks such as dancing the Hokey Pokey. In Year 7, students build an mBot robot with an Arduino component board and then develop code to program and control their mBot robot. These activities generate authentic discussion about logic, sequence and solutions among students.

Ravenswood is continually looking for innovative and relevant ways to immerse students into the areas of STEM, to open their minds to the possibilities of careers in the field. One highly successful initiative for Secondary School students is the specially designed STEM Tour which takes Ravenswood students to the USA; visiting the NASA AMES Research Center, Microsoft, the Chabot Space and Science Center, Boeing, Cisco, Stanford University and Intel, amongst other places. The tour gives students a unique opportunity to speak with leading women working in these industries and feedback shows the encounters open the students’ eyes to the exciting careers available for women who want to make a difference in the field.