STEM is science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

As these subjects are closely related they are often taught together. 

STEM approach to teaching

The STEM approach to teaching and learning gives students the opportunity to work on challenging problems and projects. Hands-on practical activities help learners:

  • experiment  
  • use new technologies
  • test ideas
  • make and create innovative solutions to real, complex problems through the Engineering Design Process .

Relationships with local industries and communities are also important to both teacher and student learning.

What STEM students learn

In Primary we learn: 

  • designing and building prototypes like windmills, solar cars and water sampling technologies
  • designing solutions to problems 
  • investigating systms
  • coding and robotics
  • agri-science and agricultural engineering
  • robotics
  • developing technical and engineering skills to troubleshoot the source of a problem, repair a machine or debug an operating system.

Department for Education STEM Strategy


Primary STEM News

3 STEM | Hinges and Doors

The Year 3 STEM Class are investigating how doors, hinges and locks work. They have made a building with a … ...

5/6 STEM | Electric Buggies

The 5/6 STEM Class are building their own electric buggies. We constructed the chassis using timber strips, corflute strengthening and … ...

2 STEM | Pop-up Book Mechanisms

The Year 2 STEM Class really enjoyed the Strega Nona pop up book so we had a go at making … ...

R/1 STEM | Toast Cafe

We’ve investigated how toast is made and made our own using different toasters, including the giant toast machine in the … ...

3/4 STEM – Paper Towers

The Year 3/4 STEM class has been investigating paper towers and ways in which we can make paper strong enough … ...

5/6 STEM – QR Codes

The Year 5/6 Class have been investigating QR codes and the types of data they can contain. They’ve completed a … ...

2 STEM – Pasta Towers

The Year 2 STEM class have begun adding towers to their pasta & straw bridges. Check out tall Annie’s tower … ...

5/6 STEM – Electric Vehicles (1)

The 5/6 STEM class is investigating electric vehicle design. Today we built experimental models in Lego Mindstorms kits and tested … ...

2 STEM – Pop-Up Books

The Year 2 class started their new STEM unit today examining books with pop-up pictures and moving parts. We then … ...

3/4 STEM – Tunnels

Last week the 3/4 Class made cardboard tunnels. This week they tested the tunnels in the sandpit and programmed the … ...

3/4 STEM – Tunnel Challenge

The Year 3/4 STEM class were challenged to build tunnels wide enough for a BeeBot to travel through, then program … ...

Primary STEM round up

R/1 STEM | Animal Enclosures We watched videos of how super-zoos set up their animal enclosures. We decided animals needed … ...

3/4 STEM – Building tunnels

The Year 3/4 STEM class are building tunnels. We looked at video of the Heysen Tunnel in the Adelaide Hills … ...

1/2 Design & Technology

The Year 1/2 Class have been investigating rolling toys this term. We started by making simple rolling vehicles then looked … ...