A day of “Building Bridges” at MACS’s STEM for Humanity PL Day
Thank you to Shelley Waldon and her team at Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools (MACS) for hosting a day full of inspiration, innovation and connection. Shelley has and continues to connect schools to a very broad ecosystem that helps teachers and students see real world applications of STEM. Adam from Akorn Education Services facilitated a real bridge building activity below whilst Shelley and her team facilitated “bridge building“ between organizations that share aligned values. That is Making a Difference (MAD) through STEM.
So much opportunity for creativity when reflecting on real problems to solve (being curious) and then moving onto doing (innovation).
Great to see Catholic Schools make an early start on potential STEM MAD projects, students can share at STEM MAD in August and STEM MAD National in September. RTL look forward to supporting schools working on STEM MAD projects that partner with RTL’s Adopt an Engineer model.
Thank you to Rob Stewart and Kristina Yang from SEAM for sharing their work we are partnering on with Nazareth College. Such important work, being done that focuses on reducing the College’s emissions with audacious goals to decarbonize the College. We look forward to having RACV Solar visit the College on March 16 to share how the solar panels installed in January will contribute to the College’s roadmap to reach Net Zero.
A huge shout out to Pasindu Wijenayake for being prepared to share with Teachers his work as a newly appointed facilitator for Real Time Learning at St Paul Apostle North PS. Pasindu is in his 2nd year of an Automotive Engineering Degree. He is now studying Business as well. Pasindu reconnected with Mary Lucas, his former Year 4 Teacher, now Principal at St Paul Apostle North PS late last year. Pasindu now finds himself back in his old classroom sharing his journey and the passion he has for STEM with students in the Primary School. We are quite sure he will inspire many young people to consider a pathway in STEM.
St Paul Apostle North PS have just invested in Lego Spike Essentials. Pasindu is currently helping Teachers and Students in Year 5 and 6 build out different models each week and together explore what’s possible.
We have more Undergraduate students like Pasindu signing up to inspire this next generation of engineers. Please reach out directly to Luke Kerr if you’re a teacher or undergraduate student that would like to explore whether Adopt an Engineer is a “good fit” for you and or your school.