Thinking Project

Students presented their projects at the STEAM Fair

Scotch Oakburn students are tackling complex real world problems in creative new ways.

Year 9 and 10 students are conducting investigations into everything from artificial intelligence to flood-proofing Launceston; from tackling mental health issues to preventing endangered Tasmanian devils from becoming road kill statistics.

They are all part of a new elective subject at Scotch Oakburn entitled the Thinking Project.

Teacher Luke Hammond is the Thinking Project Coordinator.

“The Thinking Project is a STEAM [Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics] subject designed to use curiosity-driven innovation to push the boundaries of what is known and what is not yet known through the application of skills and information to solve real world problems in creative and innovative ways,” he said.

“The subject helps students to gain a deeper understanding of the world around them, helps them to reach their potential and gain the 21st century skills required for the jobs of the future.”

Students work on their own or in a team of up to four on a project of their own design in any combination of the STEAM disciplines. The subject has specialist Science, Art and Design and Technology teachers, who run workshops to expand students’ STEAM-related skills and complete challenges.

They develop skills in critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity and innovation.

“Students often have the misconception that Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects are not for creative students,” Mr Hammond said.

“The Thinking Project allows students to learn by creating. They are designing and building the solution to the problem they decide on.”

Scotch Oakburn will offer an expanding range of STEAM opportunities in the future and continue to develop innovative and creative learning programs.