STEM at Marmion Primary School
“Everybody who thinks they know what STEM means, know what it means within their field, and everybody else is defining it to fit their own needs”. I think it is truly impossible to define STEM because it means so much for so many different groups of people. Whether it is researchers, science and mathematics teachers, the aerospace industry, or the construction industry, they all have one thing in common: It is about moving forward, solving problems, learning, and pushing innovation to the next level. 4/11/2012 – NSTA Report – Jonothan Gerlach
It is based on this concept that Marmion Primary School formed our understanding of STEM.
STEM is an approach to learning and development that integrates the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
At Marmion Primary School our STEM learning equips children:
- To build skills of collaboration, problem solving and resilience
- To be goal orientated and take risks in their learning
- To engage in real-world authentic scenarios and problems
- To engage with a sense of purpose in their learning
- To ensure academic rigour is maintained and strengthened within the disciplines of Science, Technologies, Engineering and Mathematics – STEM.
We believe the problem solving opportunities and scenarios should be child initiated and focus on areas of need.
The continual advances in technology are changing the way students learn, connect and interact every day. Skills developed by students through STEM provide them with the foundation to succeed at school and beyond.
Marmion Primary School has established a reputation for excellence in STEM education. Our school focuses on real-world problem solving that allows all students to build capacity not only in core curriculum areas but to be innovative, collaborative team thinkers and creative problem solvers.
In light of this we have been awarded:
- 2018 STEM Governors Award (runner up)
- 2018 and 2019 DoE Innovative Partnership participant
- 2018 STEM Consortium Conference invited presenter demonstrating best pedagogical practices
- 2019 DoE and Industry Partnership Conference invited exhibitioner in the industry showcase demonstrating excellent in STEM education
- 2019 and 2020 selected as a STEM Enterprise Partnership school mentoring others in best pedagogical STEM practice
- 2020 selected as a STEM mentor school, developing expertise in pre-service teacher practice
We are committed to ensuring that the best possible 21st century equipment is available to our students so they can engage in STEM education to the best of their ability. We have a well-resourced Maker Space area, ‘The Hive’ and we allocate a healthy budget ensuring we have the best environment and appropriate tools to engage in STEM.