Key Learning Area Coordinator: Megan Blakers

Stage 4 and 5 STEM education involves exciting projects that help students learn essential skills in science, technology, engineering, and math. One such project is the creation of 3D printed wind turbines that balance cost and efficiency. Students will use their knowledge of surface area and graphing to test their designs, making this an interactive way to learn about computer-aided design and data collection. They’ll also gain valuable teamwork and problem-solving skills, making it a fun and engaging way to learn about renewable energy.



Another exciting project is building bottle rockets, which teaches students about aerodynamics and forces. Students will learn about the physics behind rocket flight and design their own rockets to launch. This project will encourage students to apply their knowledge of force and motion while fostering creativity and innovation.



In the tetrahedron kite project, students will learn about lift and the geometry of tetrahedrons while designing their own kites capable of flight. They’ll explore different kite designs and learn that the tetrahedron shape is ideal for kites and wings because of its strength-to-weight ratio. This project fosters creativity and problem-solving skills while providing an engaging way to learn about aerodynamics.


Stage 5 STEM projects include mechatronics, where students build and program components using a variety of electrical and mechanical componentry. They’ll also learn about algorithmic functions while solving practical logic problems with applications to mechatronics. This project fosters skills in coding, design, and problem-solving, making it a great way to learn about the intersection of engineering and computer science.


Finally, students can participate in the F1 in Schools competition, where they design, build, and race miniature Formula 1 cars. This project encourages teamwork and problem-solving skills while teaching students about advanced manufacturing techniques and aerodynamics. They’ll also learn about energy sources, including renewables and non-renewables, and apply mathematical and graphical methods to solve motion-related problems involving velocity, acceleration, inertia, circular motion, and momentum.


In summary, these stage 4 and 5 STEM projects provide students with engaging, hands-on learning opportunities that foster creativity, innovation, and problem-solving skills. The STEM curriculum at St Dominic’s College encourage students to think critically and develop practical solutions to complex problems, preparing them for future careers in STEM fields. Overall, stage 4 and 5 STEM education offers a dynamic and exciting way for students to learn essential skills and knowledge that will serve them well throughout their lives.