In 2016, Melbourne Girls’ College initiated an innovative S.T.E.A.M program. This program is designed to promote Science, Technologies, Engineering, The Arts and Mathematics across the school and as a career pathway. It also provides 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.
Students participate in programs involving computer coding, robotics, 3D printing and drawing, green screen technology, virtual reality experiences and electronics. They are encouraged to participate in competitions and events with a S.T.E.A.M-focus. Our students have had great success in many camps, competitions, and events.
Students have participated in the FIRST Lego League, hosting regional events in 2018 and 2019. The teams are required to build a Lego robot, program it to complete various challenges, complete a project on the year’s theme and demonstrate the core values of the FIRST organisation. In 2020, Wwe hope to participate in the FIRST Tech Challenge, involving bigger robots, more advanced coding and harder challenges.
Students have also competed in robot dancing competitions, coding and cyber security challenges, S.T.E.A.M careers days, industry talks and visits and much, much more. In class, students have been learning about coding and algorithms, using Mmicro: Bits and robotics. In 2020, Year 7 students are enjoying a new subject called Connected World, which covers the Digital Technologies curriculum as well as some general ICT capabilities. Robotics, engineering, coding and technology subjects are also offered through our elective and VCE programs.
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 2020, we started the Inspiring STEM+ program with Laing O’Rourke to provide an introduction to engineering fields and pathways to internships and mentoring in the future.
Melbourne Girls’ College also holds a regular Space Camp, which sends students to the US Space and Rocket Centre Space Camp program and also 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! Our 2020 trip was put on hold, but we will begin preparing for the next trip soon.
STEAM Club runs throughout the year on Monday and Thursday at lunchtimes in the STEAM Room. We offer a number of different lunchtime activities such as Virtual Reality, 3D printing, robotics, games and coding challenges. New members always welcome.