Baynton West school community collaborates for STEM

Shannon BeattiePilbara News
Scott, Darnelle Medling, Aria, 12, and Leith Medling, 8, at Baynton West's ‘Innovate and Create’ evening.
Camera IconScott, Darnelle Medling, Aria, 12, and Leith Medling, 8, at Baynton West's ‘Innovate and Create’ evening. Credit: Pic: Simon Fittock, Simon Fittock

Students, teachers and parents from Baynton West Primary School joined forces recently to learn and experience STEM subjects — science, technology, engineering and maths — together.

The Innovate and Create event was part of Scitech’s Chevron Pilbara Teacher Support Program, which is designed to be a bespoke response to a school’s curriculum focus and interest areas in STEM.

Scitech professional learning consultant Simon Fittock presented the evening and said one of Baynton West’s focus areas was engaging the wider school community.

“The event aimed to bring families and the community together so they could learn co-operatively and the community could have an input into the students’ learning experiences,” he said.

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Teams were tasked with the challenge of constructing a character that moved, sang or danced using craft, robotics and the application of STEM skills.

Mr Fittock said some of the parents were blown away by how much their children knew.

“In a lot of the situations, the adults were learning from the students,” he said.

“But everyone had their own set of experiences, knowledge and expertise, so it was a great opportunity to learn from each other.”

The aim of the Teacher Support Program is to enhance a student’s education experience by improving teacher understanding of STEM and it’s disciplines.

“Effective professional learning comes when it suits the needs of the participants, so by catering to what the school wants and what they’re doing already it has a greater effect and a greater uptake,” Mr Fittock said.

Scitech plans to roll out individually tailored programs to schools across the region.

Those interested should email simon.fittock@scitech.org.au.

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