What is STEAM?
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) is an integrated approach to learning and teaching, which requires an intentional connection between curriculum learning objectives, standards, assessments, and lesson design/implementation.
STEAM learning applies meaningful maths, science, and technology content to solve real-world problems through hands-on learning activities and creative design.
The modern economy is driven by the exponential advancement in technology. Students need to be creative thinkers, problem solvers, and innovators who can apply the knowledge they have learnt in the classrooms.
What is STEAM at TCHS?
STEAM at TCHS is about building students critical and creative thinking skills to apply them to a range of 21st-century problems using cutting edge technology across all curriculum areas.
STEAM is delivered through three channels at TCHS,
2. Integrated STEAM
3. STEAM Team Training
The students were introduced to skills and techniques to design 3D objects on TinkerCAD a designer software created by Autodesk Inc. They designed simple shapes with their names or initials embedded in the 3D objects for starters. Some motivated students challenged themselves, spent a week designing a house and successfully printed them. They also know how to initialise and operate the 3D printers, use the 3D printing software, make adjustments in the layer thickness, infill, resolution and raft support to achieve the printing quality of the 3D project they require.
3D printing is not only taught in STEAM elective class but also integrated into different learning areas. The year eight students designed and printed a model house when they were learning measurement and geometry. The year twelve Essential Maths students created and designed 3D composite shapes while they learnt about 3D models and scales.
FIRST LEGO LEAGUE [FLL] Challenge
On the 15th November 2018, eleven students from Tennant Creek High School for the very first time participated in the First LEGO League (FLL) Into Orbit Challenge at Centralian Middle School. FLL is an international event with 300,000 participating students from 80 countries. The challenge consists of three parts, core values, robot game and the project. It challenges students to think like scientists and engineers. Our students had to build, test and program an autonomous robot using LEGO EV3 MINDSTORMS technology to solve a set of missions in the robot game. The students have presented a high level of gracious professionalism and teamwork.