What is STEM?

STEM is an approach to learning and development that combines the subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Students learn problem-solving, creating, critical analysis, teamwork, independent thinking, initiative, digital literacy, communication, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit.



Students in Grades 3-6 take STEM for a semester each. The Victorian Curriculum, covering Science and Technology, explores science knowledge and skills, as well as design and technologies together with digital technologies, over a two-year cycle.

Topics in STEM cover a wide range, including:

  • states of matter, such as melting and freezing
  • the water cycle
  • using technology to build everyday skills
  • creating circuits 
  • coding robots
  • engineering challenges, such as egg parachutes and building towers and bridges
  • climate, sustainability and natural disasters

STEM complements students' Inquiry learning in the classroom. Students have the opportunity for hands-on learning and experimantation to test their theories. Student voice and a growth mindset are encouraged in STEM classes, with students provided options to suit their learning style as well as how they present their learning. 


Google Classroom

Google Classroom is a resource that is often used within the STEM classroom to communicate with students and provide tasks, resources and instructions.