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Students at the Gordon International School in Port Moresby exhibited their innovative ideas and skills by displaying and selling their products to parents and visitors yesterday.
This is their STEM (science technology engineering and mathematics ) exhibition.
Deputy school principal Alice Naime said: “The Gordon International School teachers believe that global skill shortages in STEM -related fields are redefining educational priorities.”
“ GIS is starting STEM based learning programs to equip students with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in the 21st century.”
“ STEM learning will not only produce tomorrow’s designers and engineers; it will develop innovative mindsets and the ability to problem-solve, ensuring that our students become creators of technology, not just passive consumers. “
Students were able to display and sell their range of products from handicraft, to home ware tools like coconut scrapper and textile design to name a few.
“STEM is more than building robotics,” Naime said.
“ It is also more than coding, or doing a science experiment. “
“STEM is applied knowledge. It is using principles from multiple learning areas to solve real-world problems and hands-on learning activities,” she said.
She clarified that Engineering was not a subject in the IEA curriculum, however, the teachers and students used the engineering process of defining the problem, plan solutions, make a model, test the model and reflect and redesign, and integrate this process into “interdependent” learning units based on real-world applications.
Eight year old Alexandra Auka ,8, and Dorcas Kilakana (7) who are in grade were selling wristbands, necklaces and soap flowers.
Auka said their teacher gave them the idea and they did it.
After achieving it, they were satisfied and it motivated them to try new things.