S.T.E.A.M.

Melbourne Girls’ College initiated an innovative S.T.E.A.M program 7 years ago. This program was designed to promote Science, Technologies, Engineering, The Arts and Mathematics across the school and as a career pathway. It also aims to provide opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge our world requires in the 21st Century. Critical thinking, collaborative and communication skills and creativity are considered vital skills in the modern workforce. Learning these 21st century skills require a 21st century approach to teaching.

Students participate in programs involving computer coding, robotics, 3D printing and drawing, green screen technology, virtual reality experiences and electronics. Students are encouraged to participate in competitions and events with a S.T.E.A.M-focus. Our students have had enormous success in camps, competitions, and events.

In the classroom, students use virtual and augmented reality, Lego design challenges, 3D drawing and printing, laser cutting, coding and algorithmic thinking to use key skills in an authentic setting. The use of modern technologies allows collaboration and sharing of ideas.

The Digital Technologies curriculum is managed in the STEAM area. All Year 7 students attend Connected World, a subject that includes gaining familiarity with the school IT systems, Microsoft skills, coding, 3D Design and cybersafety. Students also build and program robots and create inventions using microcomputers. We also offer electives in ICT in Year 9 and 10 and run VCE Computing at both Year 11 and 12.

Outside of the classroom, MGC students have the opportunity to join STEAM Club which runs twice a week. Students collaborate on projects such as building robots, designing apps, entering competitions and having fun. We also have plenty of opportunities to attend conferences

Melbourne Girls College has developed strong partnerships with the University of Melbourne, CSIRO, engineering company Laing O’Rourke and our alumni program to provide further opportunities for students. In 2022, we are running the Inspiring STEM+ program with Laing O’Rourke to introduce engineering fields and pathways to internships and mentoring in the future.

Melbourne Girls’ College also plans to offer an opportunity to attend Space Camp, which sends students to the US Space and Rocket Centre Space Camp program and visits Orlando, Florida. In Orlando, students complete an indoor skydive and physics lesson and a trip to Kennedy Space Centre for lunch with an astronaut. A trip to Orlando would not be complete without a trip to Disney and Universal theme parks!