Strong STEM skills across the community underpin an innovative future and the development of these skills enables our students to be future ready when they leave BMGS. Ensuring students have comprehensive STEM skills is essential to their and Australia’s future economic and social wellbeing.
At BMGS, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) opportunities are offered at all three campuses. They provide our students with activities which embrace innovation and entrepreneurship skills to improve student outcomes. Not only are our students growing in their learning through such activities but they are showing maturity, bravery, resilience, self-confidence, collaborating with one another. They are learning to be future ready.
Examples of our programs include a cross-curriculum course called ‘Go Ballistic’ for Year 8 and a mentorship program for Year 9 and 10 students with the Western Sydney University Solar Car engineering team. Our weekly STEAM Team involves students working on project based learning activities including an “Innovators Club”; and our after school Programming Club focuses on technology skills such as coding, mobile app development, game design and artificial intelligence.
Students from as young as our Early Learning years (Kindergarten and Year 1) are using 3D modelling and printing, iPad technology, robots and electronic kits to design, create, problem solve and collaborate.
At the other end of the spectrum, our involvement in the 4 x 4 Schools Competition and the F1 in Schools Competition has challenged and inspired our Year 9 and 10 students to learn about science, manufacturing, graphic design, project planning, leadership, collaboration, marketing, media and presentation skills, forming industry links and planning of finances to run a business successfully – skills that are of relevance at school and for their futures. For three years in a row, BMGS students have been the Western Sydney Champions and this year gained the distinction of being 1st in NSW and 3rd in Australia.
By bringing together industry, universities, teachers and students into collaborative and innovative environments to work on real world projects, we are facilitating the formation of sustainable partnerships in a way which increases the interaction between industry role models and students, and gives them knowledge about future career opportunities and an awareness that they can make a difference in enabling the world to be a better place.
Our focus on innovation and entrepreneurship is reinforced by our Cultures of Thinking (CoT) program, extending across all year levels and courses. This approach focuses on critical thinking and problem solving, independent learning and collaboration.
Our external partnerships with Harvard’s Graduate School of Education for Cultures of Thinking, Macquarie University for student wellbeing research and the University of Newcastle, for the Science & Engineering Challenge, place BMGS at the forefront of innovative learning for students in the Blue Mountains.