11 Sep 2017

STEAM & Makerspace

Posted on Monday, September 11, 2017

STEAM, Makerspace, Aglie Learning Spaces, it all sounds overwhelming doesn’t it? 

Bethania Lutheran School, understands that our students participate in a world where collaborative skills, as well as the ability to design, evaluate and refine solutions to problems – be they physical or virtual are essential.

STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses a combination of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics, as access points for guiding student’s critical and creative thinking. The end results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experimental learning, problem solving, collaboration and work through the creative process.

The approach to STEAM in our school is not “technology-heavy”, it’s a mix of “hands on making” with new and emerging ways of learning.

Much like Makerspace, where students collaborate for the development of ideas and for constructing solutions to problems or projects, students share ideas, equipment and knowledge.

Depending on the project itself, it will address either Design & Technologies and/or Digital Technologies as well as connect with a range of Learning Areas within the Australian Curriculum.

Contemporary agile learning spaces facilitate movement, collaborative learning, and access to digital technologies has been a guiding factor in how each classroom is designed. By using standing desks, movable soft furnishings, adjustable tables, fit balls and stools, as well as a range of writeable surfaces, we have developed learning spaces that are flexible and engaging. All spaces are owned by the whole class, allowing for movement around the room, promoting the concept of collaborative learning. Our learning spaces include a place for “campfires”, “caves” and “watering holes”, enabling students to participate in whole and small group discussions, as well as providing the opportunity to retreat for independent learning.

At Bethania Lutheran School we pride ourselves in ‘doing education differently’ in order to prepare our students for an ever changing future.

Call for a personalised tour of our state of the art contemporary learning facilities and experience for yourself the Bethania difference.