Innovative collegians create STEM solutions

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STEM Innovation Academy students at Taminmin College are working to design a solution to contemporary engineering problems.

The science, technology, engineering and mathematics Academy comprises six teams of students working to problem solve different issues of interest.

Assistant Principal Catherine Scottjones said the semester-long program involves 24 students, a teacher, and 13 industry mentors.

“The mentors include Litchfield Council, Wallbridge Gilbert Aztec, McMahon Services, the Darwin Innovation Hub, and Intract,” she said.

“The subjects chosen include methane capture and utilisation, the heat mitigation of urban heat islands, removal of microplastics from drains, water wastage in bathrooms, bushfire home protection, and food waste reduction through biofuel production.

“The students must show project-related learning, the development of skills — including collaboration, communication, and critical and creative thinking — and the ability to present their work to diverse audiences, including an upcoming industry panel.”

Ms Scottjones said the four-year-old Academy encourages “bright students interested in STEM to discover related careers, and the world of engineering”.

“Academy students can make more informed choices about STEM pathways, and make industry contacts leading to employment and work experience placements,” she said.

“Academy participants get a real world STEM education, instead of an entirely text book exposure.”

During a problem solving day mentors work with students on a group challenge.

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