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Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

STEM is a fundamental part of the Victorian Curriculum. This includes the learning areas of Mathematics, Science, Design and Technologies, and Digital Technologies, as well as cross-curricular capabilities such as ethical, critical and creative thinking.

Young children experience rapid brain development and acquire skills at a faster rate than at any other time in life. Children have a natural curiosity to explore the world around them. An emphasis on developing STEM skills in the early years can encourage children to feel positive and enthusiastic about STEM, leading to interest and achievement later in life.

STEM involves;

  • asking questions
  • working together
  • thinking creatively
  • solving problems
  • exploring and taking calculated risks
  • testing solutions to problems
  • discovering new ways of doing things.

The Victorian Curriculum, which sets out what every student should learn, supports improved achievement in STEM. It includes a strong focus on STEM skills and capabilities. This includes relatively new areas of digital technologies.