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Accelerated STEM Program

The Accelerated STEM Program will support students to complete their middle schooling in two years with a strong focus on inquiry and integrated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning.

The program seeks to develop futures-orientated capabilities and extend creative, higher order thinking and problem-solving skills. Teachers embrace challenge-based learning approaches that promote inquiry, collaboration and connections with the local and global communities.  

Features of the Accelerated STEM Program

  • Students will have the opportunity to complete their secondary education in four years
  • Motivated, high-achieving students are able to work with their intellectual and social peers in the same STEM class
  • Students participating in the Accelerated STEM class will undertake a range of subjects together that are all underpinned by a connection through STEM and interdisciplinary learning.
  • There is a strong focus on problem-solving, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking
  • The school has a proud tradition of academic excellence and graduates achieve outstanding results in high-end STEM subjects.

Student Commitment

It is expected that students involved in the Accelerated STEM Program will:

  • Engage and commit for the two years
  • Intend completing SACE Stage 2 (Year 12) at Norwood Morialta High School
  • Intend studying senior Mathematics, Science and/or Technology subjects
  • Participate in national competitions, STEM related extension activities and excursions
  • Contribute to the school’s wider co-curricular activities and leadership programs
  • Uphold the school’s values and actively promote the program to the wider school community.

Curriculum and Pedagogy

The Accelerated STEM Program is aligned to the Australian Curriculum requirements and the International Baccalaureate Middle Years framework. All subjects reflect interdisciplinary approaches with an emphasis on three STEM pathways including: aeronautics, environmental science and sustainability, computer science and engineering, as well as integrating authentic industry and community links.

The selected Accelerated STEM students are placed together in a designated class and engage in all classes together. They have a STEM trained teacher allocated to provide mentoring to meet individual student’s needs.  Teachers are specially selected to teach in this program, undertake action research and are committed to implementing the best of current proven teaching and learning methodologies. The program and learning experiences are enhanced by our partnerships with local industry and academic partners.

An overview of the Accelerated STEM interdisciplinary curriculum includes:

STEM 1

STEM 2

Science

Science

STEM (Technology with STEM focus)

STEM (Technology with STEM focus)

Mathematics

Mathematics

English

English

Humanities

Humanities (Environmental focus)

German*

German*

PE/ STEAM (Multimedia/Design/ CAD)

PE/ STEAM (Multimedia/Design/ CAD)

The Year 10 IBMYP Personal Project and Stage One Personal Learning Plan will be undertaken in extended PLG time and off-line with the support of teacher mentors.

STEM 3 – Stage 1 at Senior Campus (including Stage 1 STEM and German subjects)

STEM 4 – Stage 1, hybrid course (with university courses) or Stage 2 at Senior Campus

*German is the second most commonly used scientific language and Germany is the third largest contributor to STEM research and development.

NMHS has a strong focus on internationalism and recognises STEM industries depend on language and an ethical, social and cultural understanding of global issues. We believe the alignment of STEM and Language is essential in strengthening STEM pathways and professions in this interconnected world. At the conclusion of the second year of the Accelerated STEM program students will have an opportunity to visit STEM industries and our sister-school in Germany.

The Accelerated STEM Program is further enhanced through participation of the school’s diverse enrichment programs and national competitions. Please view the school’s extensive range of extra-curricular activities.

Benefits for Students

Successful applicants will receive the following benefits:

  • Access to the Accelerated STEM Program
  • Right of entry to Norwood Morialta High School for ‘out of zone’ applicants
  • The opportunity to study subjects with students who have similar interests and abilities
  • The opportunity to be mentored by specially selected and qualified staff in a vibrant learning environment

·         All students will be mentored by the STEM Leader and have an individual education plan.  (The school also has a special Mentoring program for girls.) Students will be supported to develop an improved understanding and appreciation of STEM and Language  
          (German)

·         Engagement in a range of STEM competitions, activities and clubs to extend creative, problem-solving skills

·         Completion of secondary schooling in four years.

Selection Process

Interested applicants are require to participate in a selection process that includes:

1.     Online payment by 4.00pm on Sunday 30 April 2017.  School card families are requested to contact the school. 

2.     Submission of the Application form with support documentation by 4:00pm Friday 5 May 2017.

 This document must include:

•        The Student Self-nomination form

•        A Parent / Caregiver nomination form

•        A Teacher Supporting Statement

•        Year 6 (and 7) school reports

•        Certificates where appropriate, including:

- Achievement in state and national competitions, e.g. UNSW, Westpac, etc

- NAPLAN results, PAT M, PAT R and/or PAT S results

- Any other relevant certificates or media presentations (eg photos, videos, slideshow) to support the application.

3.       Participation in the ACER test from 9:00am on Saturday 6 May 2017 at the Middle Campus. more information

4.       Finalisation of selection process by Friday 2 June.

Please forward Application form with support documentation to the Accelerated STEM Special Entry Program at Norwood Morialta High School, Morialta Road West, Rostrevor, SA  5073 or alternatively email them to dl.0787.stemspecialentry@schools.sa.edu.au by 4:00pm Friday 5 May 2017.

Contact Information

Chris Felstead or Jacqui van Ruiten

T  8365 0455 (Middle Campus) or 8364 2299 (Senior Campus)

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