School students' STEM skills showcase success

Myah, Ella and Mya from Port Elliot Primary School presenting their designs at the STEM Expo.
Myah, Ella and Mya from Port Elliot Primary School presenting their designs at the STEM Expo.

The Fleurieu STEM Expo, now in its second year, was held on October 23 for students to showcase the results of following their curiosity.

It was initiated by the STEM Ambassadors and Sandy Warner from Port Elliot Primary School (PEPS), with Julie Gilbert from Goolwa Primary School and Ben Jucius from Victor Harbor Primary School becoming involved plus Tom Bilney from Eastern Fleurieu School and Hugh Benger from PEPS.

After specifying a problem, students took a design-thinking approach to create a product, service or social cause as a solution. They had the option of inventing a new solution, improving an existing solution or imagining a solution that is not possible yet but could be in the future.

Students created their designs with skills learnt in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. They were selected from the four schools to showcase their designs and present their ideas to judges. The STEM expo also had Alec from SciWorld presenting a free science show, Australia Geographic provided STEM demonstrations, a barbecue was provided by the Port Elliot Surf Lifesaving Club and the Expo was sponsored by Bendigo Bank Goolwa.

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