Connecting STEM learning to the real world at Prince Alfred College

It is evident that we live in a rapidly changing world where we cannot predict what adulthood will be like for our children.

However, research is clear that contemporary education requires students to develop deep knowledge and acquire transversal skills that can be applied to unknown situations in the future. Learning STEM is important for a diverse and capable science, technology, engineering, and mathematics workforce in the future, whilst being something that ignites the interests of boys today. 

The newly developed STEM program at Prince Alfred College (PAC) incorporates the explicit teaching of knowledge and skills in these areas whilst providing opportunities for boys to apply high-level, complex skills such as computational thinking, design thinking, and project-management skills in exciting, hands-on challenges that connect to the real world. 

Preparatory School boys at PAC apply this knowledge and skills as they get their hands dirty in the garden while learning vermicomposting, lifecycles, and food chains; test and apply different variables and race model small-scale F1 cars; and work with rocket-scientists from SA in the burgeoning space sector. 

PAC understands what is needed for boys’ success in the future, and how to make learning fun for them today.

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