Each year, ten students are selected to participate in the STEM Program run by Dalby State High School. In Term 4, our year 5 students begin in the program and continue on for the first three terms of Year 6. The students attend the multi-million-dollar Trade Training Centre at the High School. It is here that they are then introduced to modelling software and are then instructed in how to use this to create projects. During the program, students are exposed to modelling CAD software, plasma cutting, powder coating, 3D printing, robotics and field trips to local businesses. Participation in this program can lead to acceptance into the STEM ACADEMY at Dalby State High School.
STEM in Action
Our Year Six STEM students have been busy researching and designing clocks. After researching popular designs, students added their own design flare, using 3D modelling CAD software, to reshape time itself. The CAD files were then used (with the help of Mr Stam from Dalby State High School) to plasma cut the clock faces from 2mm plate steel. After some research about how plasma cutting and power coating works, it was time for a field trip to a local manufacturing company (Dingo). Here students toured the facilities while the clocks were powder coated.