Business Profile: It’s fun to do new STEM concepts

Fire away: It's more interesting for students to actually build and fire a rocket than just learn about it. Thanks to St Joseph's staff and student volunteers, great fun was had by all while learning important STEM concepts.
Fire away: It's more interesting for students to actually build and fire a rocket than just learn about it. Thanks to St Joseph's staff and student volunteers, great fun was had by all while learning important STEM concepts.
A thriving staff and student environment: At St Joseph's Catholic High School, the motto is to "act justly" and this is put into practice at the school.

A thriving staff and student environment: At St Joseph's Catholic High School, the motto is to "act justly" and this is put into practice at the school.

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Over two days, students participated in a range of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities run by both St Joseph’s Catholic High School staff and the University of Wollongong.

A 3-D printer in action: School students are learning first hand about this new technology thanks to STEM days with the University of Wollongong.

A 3-D printer in action: School students are learning first hand about this new technology thanks to STEM days with the University of Wollongong.

Activities included: a solar house design, bottle rockets, 3D printing, drones, forensic candy making and flying balsa planes.

Also projects such as water storage and flow, driving an open-wheeler racer driving simulator, coding of a Mars rover, extracting the genome of strawberries, determining the half-life of a radioactive Isotope plus the building and testing of beams. 

STEM-related programs has become a priority as too few tertiary students are pursuing degrees in these fields.

In term three the school hosted over 350 Year 5 students from surrounding schools.

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Several students from Year 9 and 10 volunteered to help staff run these activities and guide the Year five students involved in enrichment activities with students from other schools while in a high school setting.

“It allowed the St Joseph’s community to demonstrate the capacity of the school and its facilities to both the Year 5 students and their teachers,” principal Mark Baker said.

St Joseph’s is a comprehensive, coeducational Catholic High School in Albion Park with the motto “Act Justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with your God”.

Limited vacancies are available for Years 7 and 8 in 2018. Enrol now.

Contact Tanya on 4230 8500 or email info@sjchsdow.catholic.edu.au. See Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sjchsdow or sjchsdow.catholic.edu.au