STEM opportunities for our girls – Robotics!

The buzzword in the Girls’ Junior School is ROBOTICS!  Quite a large number of our girls have joined a new after school club.  This is a wonderful opportunity for our girls to participate in an activity focusing on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) whilst developing inquiry skills, creativity, collaboration and problem-solving skills. 

The new Robotics Club required the girls to work together to build a robot that can be programmed to perform tasks and ultimately compete in the Robo Cup Junior Rescue Competition.  This competition is a state-wide competition ideal for students starting out in robotics.

We are very fortunate indeed as have some very special people helping the girls; Ms Constable (Head of Girls’ Middle School), Mrs Sue Healey (Head of Information and Technology) and Mr Dan Sriratana (a parent who has an expertise in this area). We are also particularly grateful to the Tintern Association who contributed almost $7000 which enabled the school to purchase the equipment and resources needed to support this worthy activity. Thank you Tintern Association!

Why are STEM subjects so important today?

According to the US Labor Department, the 10 fastest growing occupations…

  • Biomedical engineers
  • Network systems and data communications analysts
  • Home health aides
  • Personal and home care aides
  • Financial examiners
  • Medical scientists, except epidemiologists
  • Physician assistants
  • Skin care specialists
  • Biochemists and biophysicists
  • Athletic trainers

Arguably, all of these are STEM careers!

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Because STEM is so important for our children, our region and our country, we need to encourage the students currently in our educational systems, as well as future generations of students, to understand and embrace the technology that affects them every day of their lives. … And these courses need to be taught by engaged and enthusiastic teachers using hands-on and minds-on activities. Making science and maths courses fun and interesting will not only help students to learn, but might also plant the ‘seed of interest’ that could grow into an exciting and rewarding STEM career.

This is particularly important for our girls, as women are traditionally under represented in these fields. Work such as these activities at Tintern are giving the girls a great understanding and knowledge of these areas.

A Riddell



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