Science, Technology, Engineering, Math - STEM Program

STEM provides students the ability to find creative solutions to real world problems through research, careful planning, and the use of new and existing technologies such as 3D print design or laser cutting.

STEM as a real life learning medium

Students are the drivers of solutions and should be asking questions, proposing ideas, generating and testing solutions, and making decisions based on data to understand how to refine ideas further. By bringing together Science, Technology, Engineering and Math concepts our aim is to encourage our students to see how these subjects are both interconnected and relevant to our own lives. In STEM we also develop students’ critical and creative thinking skills, ability to collaborate and communicate with others, and be resilient when faced with difficult challenges.

At Northern Bay College STEM is delivered to students to actively participate and effectively solve problems.

Students in Years 7 and 8 engage with a range of STEM experiences through their participation in learning activities and programs that are woven into their curriculum. These include:

1. Weekly engagement in the Year 7&8 Arts, Design and Technology Rotations held at the Geelong Industry Trade Training Centre (GITTC) and NBC’s Goldsworthy senior secondary campus.

Each week, students participate in a suite of activities in one of the following subjects that align to study pathways that they can pursue through to Year 12. The key learning and skills in these subjects can launch their entry into employment or further education and training. The students rotate into a different subject area each term:

  • Foods
    • learn about where their food comes from, how it is produced, and how they can prepare it
    • explore how characteristics and properties of food determine preparation techniques and presentation when creating solutions for healthy eating
  • Materials and Textiles
    • explore ways to create products made with fibres and textiles, selecting and combining characteristics and properties of materials, fastening techniques, tools and equipment
  • Woodwork
    • explore ways to create wooden products considering the characteristics and properties of wood, fastening methods, components, tools and equipment
  • Digi-tech
    • opportunities to acquire and apply specific ways of thinking about problem-solving to create innovative, purpose-designed digital solutions
    • designing solutions that can be understood and carried out through the use of programming languages
  • Robotics
    • explore how motion, force and energy are used to manipulate and control electromechanical systems when creating simple, engineered solutions
  • Visual Communication and Design
    • develop the skills and practice to communicate ideas and messages in visual communications
    • use design thinking skills and design as a process in relation to a specific purpose and audience
  • Media
    • a range of art forms to design, produce, distribute and interact with a range of print, audio, screen-based or hybrid artworks
    • reflect critically on their own and others' media arts experiences and evaluate media artworks from different cultures, time periods and contexts including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures

2. Weekly engagement in Year 7&8 Sciences held either on their campus or at the STEM room at the Geelong Industry Trade Training Centre (GITTC). In experiences that align with the NBC Years 9-12 Science curriculum.

  • Science by Experiment:
    • Chemical Sciences
    • Earth and Space Sciences
  • Science by Design:
    • Physical Sciences
    • Biological Sciences

3. Within Inquiry learning units being delivered on campus by the students’ learning community. Students engage in inquiries that emerge through exploration of themes and experiences relevant to the learners, are prompted by Victorian Curriculum and are meaningful to the local environment. STEM skills assist to provide possible solutions to problems that are identified by student teams.