On Wednesday May 19 Faith Lutheran College officially opened the new state-of-the-art STEM; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics learning spaces.
This latest redevelopment is throughout the entire ground floor of the College’s original building, known by staff and students as the ‘West Wing’. Faith staff have embraced the upgraded facilities and the opportunities for students to further develop their interests in the STEM field. Newly appointed Learning Area Coordinator for Science, David Gambell says, “ Every aspect of the new learning laboratories and classrooms have been purposefully and intentionally planned for Middle and Senior school students of all ages and abilities, including new teaching resources that support the bright, inviting learning spaces, ergonomic chairs and seating arrangements. Students now have access to virtual reality headsets, VEX robots, drones, and advanced microscopes within the STEM centre.
Improved breakout spaces provide additional opportunity to plan experiments and collaborate with peers as students explore science as a human endeavour and develop a deeper understanding of how the world works.
This global perspective is important to Faith Lutheran College as a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program and pursuing authorisation as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy – a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision. The IB approach to teaching and learning provides a framework that delivers the Australian Curriculum in a way that is engaging and empowers students to take charge of their learning and inspires growth and critical thinking.
Funding contributions from the Commonwealth Government’s Block Grant Authority and support from the State Government have enabled the $1.1M project. The redevelopment is the culmination of over two years of research, planning, student and staff consultation, building, and technology upgrades.
The STEM redevelopment provides another modern, interactive learning space for Faith Lutheran College, with the next stage of development being announced later in 2021.