STEM learning has become an important part of the learning landscape at St James. STEM is the integration of skills from science, technology, engineering and maths, applied to problem solving for real world challenges. These challenges require our students to be creative, innovative, enterprising and adaptable, with the motivation, confidence and skills to use critical and creative thinking purposefully. Students at St James have access to a broad range of technology that assists them in developing creative solutions for these problems, which allows them to be innovative and forward thinking. By equipping our students with the necessary skills to work with these challenges, it is our hope that we’re also developing the skills that will be required in many 21st century occupations.
STEM Learning does not focus on each of the subject areas individually, but is more of an integrated approach allowing students to identify problems, inquire, ask questions and develop a better understanding of how things work. It is hoped, that through the teaching of STEM at St James, students will develop a better understanding of the potential impact that their ideas and solutions can have on their local and global communities. The school has an appointed STEM Leader who oversees the implementation of STEM in the school’s teaching practices.