A key element of the Year 9 curriculum involves study in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics (STEAM). In Semester 1, Year 9 students participated in an immersive STEAM experience on campus at Casey Tech School (part of the Chisholm Campus, located in Berwick), where they had the opportunity to learn about vital skills needed for STEAM careers of the future.
Casey Tech provides secondary students with access to state-of-the-art, immersive, STEM learning programs to solve problems faced by local industries. Split into groups and armed with a proposed challenge to address, students used virtual reality, robotics, 3D and other technologies in the Casey Tech learning hubs. Proposed challenges included developing a bushfire detection system, rehabilitation wheelchair for the Casey Hospital, design concepts for the National Gallery of Victoria, or developing alternative materials to plastic within the medical industry.
Students collaborated in groups to develop solutions to their chosen challenge, which included a marketing pitch and prototypes. Being able to experience the equipment and facility were a highlight of the visit to our partner school program.
“Casey Tech provides a fantastic facility that engages students to solve real-world problems” ~ Scott Camps, Year 9 Coordinator
We’re thrilled to be in partnership with Casey Tech from the beginning as a partner school. Students return to campus energised to solve problems with critical thinking and analysis, realising that workplaces face the same issues as they do when learning in the classroom. ~ Mr Darren Martin, Deputy Principal Secondary
“At the end of three days I was proud to show everyone my work. I wish we had more time there.” ~ Matthew, Year 9 student
Casey Tech is an initiative of the state government of Victoria to provide opportunities to local students with an immersive STEM experience, providing students with real-life challenges with a view to developing skills vital for future jobs. Heritage College worked in partnership with Casey Tech in an advisory capacity over a two-year process to develop their successful program. As part of the ongoing partnership, Year 9 students attend annually in Semester 1, and Year 7 and 8 students attend in Semester 2.