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STEM is a key focus in Western Adelaide Secondary Schools Network (WASSN) schools.

Our schools are implementing the DECD STEM Learning strategy (PDF 5.5MB), to enable students to develop knowledge, skills and understanding in STEM subjects, and to apply that learning to shape their world. Students experience and apply their skills in new ways, using collaboration, problem-solving and interdisciplinary thinking.

The STEM Learning Strategy has three main areas of action for our schools:

  • building expertise in STEM teaching and learning
  • engaging students at all year levels in STEM education
  • developing systemic excellence in STEM education.
WASSN schools are implementing a range of strategies and programs (including partnerships with industry) to equip students with the technical, cultural and language skills they will need to compete in the global employment market, and in a changing, competitive and interconnected world.

Seven WASSN schools are also part of the South Australian Government STEM Works Strategy. These schools will benefit from new and refurbished facilities for STEM teaching and learning. Planning for these new facilities is currently underway. These schools are:

  • Henley High School
  • Le Fevre High School
  • Ocean View College B-12
  • Plympton International College
  • Seaton High School
  • Underdale High School
  • Woodville High School
Six WASSN schools are also part of the Advanced Technology Industry Pathways Project. This Project is a National Partnership Agreement funded by the Commonwealth Department of Defence.

The Project aims to:

  • increase the number of young people who undertake career pathways in engineering, electro technology, technical design and manufacturing, via apprenticeships and Vocational Education and Training (VET) and University studies
  • increase the number of students studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
  • prepare students for careers in South Australia's diverse and growing defence and allied industries.
These pathways are being developed in collaboration with defence industry organisations, South Australian universities and registered training organisations, to ensure students receive up-to-date, industry relevant training.

WASSN schools involved in this Project are:

  • Henley High School
  • Le Fevre High School
  • Ocean View College B-12
  • Seaton High School
  • Underdale High School
  • Woodville High School
The May 2017 Advanced Technology Project Newsletter showcases many STEM activities in these schools.

The Maritime High School Program based at Le Fevre High School, is an initiative of the South Australian government, which combines secondary school studies with a specific focus on high level maths and science, and technical Vocational Education and Training (VET) within a maritime context.

Maritime vocational courses and scientific studies courses have been developed, providing opportunities for students to study ship design, electronics, radar, GPS and navigation technologies. This provides a training and academic pathway towards achieving nationally-recognised VET accreditation and the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) at the same time.

The May 2017 Maritime High School Program Newsletter showcases some examples of these programs.