Video transcript – STEAM at Mullion Creek

Sharon Cloete, Classroom Teacher:
Hi, I'm Sharon Cloete from Mullion Creek Public School. I'm the STEAM, art and science teacher here. STEAM is 21st century learning at its very best. It teaches our children to problem solve and to be creative and innovative in their thinking. But it also teaches them to become critical thinkers.

Sally Beer, Principal:
Hi, my name's Sally Beer and I'm the principal of Mullion Creek Public School. Here at Mullion Creek Public School we've embraced technology and we've also embraced STEAM. STEAM is a whole school commitment. All staff have seen the benefits and we love what we have seen from our students. Part of our STEM program is our robotics program, which embraces coding from kinder to year six.

Why do we do this? We felt that it was really important as a staff that our children have the skills that will lead them into the future. The future which none of us really know about, but we do know, that coding will be around, technology will be around. And the capacity to work with others and to think creatively, divergently, and to understand how to work collaboratively and cooperatively together.

Sharon Cloete, Classroom Teacher:
A robot is an automated machine, which means, we need to build a machine to help us do work. But we need it to work on its own, independently.

And that is what a robot is. It's a machine that can go out there and do the work that you would like it to do, but on its own. Whether it's agriculture, whether it's medicine, whether it's defence force, they are using robots to help you do their work.

Coding is a set of blocks that you put together in a pattern form and it explains to the machine what you want it to do.

Student 1:
This forklift will put this onto the train. Whoo! Yes.

Sharon Cloete, Classroom Teacher:
Robotics is only one part of STEAM. STEAM is actually inquiry based. It's an investigation. You ask a question and you want to find out why something works the way it does, how it works the way it does, and how you can look at something that’s there already and working already but how can you improve it?

It's a lot of growth mindset, rather than fixed mindset. That is how we went from the old telephones where we had to sling it and we had two or three long rings and a short ring like a Morse code to an iPhone today because somebody out there thought this is a machine. I'm using it just the way it is but how can I improve it and how can it make life even better. And that's the growth mindset, to look at something that's been there forever and to make it bigger and better and improve it all the time. And that is why we do STEAM.

It is to get us to become more creative, to be more critical with the things that we have and then how can we change those to bring in more innovations.

Student 2:
It's so diverse, you get to do science, art, engineering. Get to use technology and math. So, you don't just do robotics we also do things like we made a worm farm, we've made Rube Goldbergs.

Student 3:
What I like about STEAM is that you can do a lot of different things and you can learn lots of new skills with it. Those skills will stay with you forever so, say, I don't know, you get a specific job, oh, I did that in school, I can do that. It's really fun, also and discover things that you never knew you could do before.

Sally Beer, Principal:
Because of our commitment, we have found our students totally engaged in the activities. We have found them to be able to no longer stumble over things that or tasks that have been a little challenging.They have worked their way through. Sometimes, they will ask for support but most of the time, they are able to think about it, re-evaluate and move on.

The robotics program in our school has been particularly strong, we have had a wonderful support to implement a range of activities for children.

Sharon Cloete, Classroom Teacher:
I think STEAM is definitely the way to go.

Student in unison:
Year One rockstar day!

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