In late 2018, building work was completed on the new STEM Innovation Centre. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. The jobs of the future will be very different from those we currently have, employees will be expected to hold a set of skills which will allow them to constantly adapt and change to face new challenges and problems. Technology changes at an increasing pace and, in many cases, is highly disruptive to the status quo. The most successful employees will be expected to be great leaders, strong communicators, highly adaptive to change, problem solvers, creative and critical thinkers and life-long learners. As these changes take place there is a great blurring of traditional disciplines and a synergy of skills and thinking. Traditional fields such as ‘Chemistry’ or ‘Biology’ become less defined when entering the workforce; instead, jobs require a composite knowledge across a much greater sphere of science, incorporate mathematical skills such as problem-solving, reasoning and algorithmic thinking. Technological advances require an understanding of current digital technologies and an ability to change and keep up to date with the rapid development and advancements that occur. The mediums in which we work will also blur as new materials and technologies are discovered. Skills in the design process, innovative thinking and an ability to work and adapt to these new materials, often in an abstract or digital medium, will be the most highly desired.
The STEM Innovation Centre will see an increased focus on the integration of the STEM subjects and a raft of new educational (both curricular and extracurricular) opportunities for students. Our first cohort of students entered the STEM Leadership Program beginning at year 7 in 2018 and this will continue to expand in 2019 and beyond. 2018 also saw our first ever STEM captains at both the middle and senior school levels. The centre hosts specialist laboratories and custom-built facilities including a Maker Space. This will enhance the Robotics and Coding clubs and increase the amount of student-led and designed STEM opportunities available