Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) at Aberfoyle Park High School is committed to:

  • Developing an exciting, relevant, inquiry based, engaging STEM curriculum for students in the middle years
  • Increasing retention in STEM subjects at Senior School
  • Giving students opportunities to participate in activities, events and other initiatives such as Scientists and Mathematicians in schools, NASA at UniSA, SA Power Networks Drone Challenge, C2C Mars Challenge, Young Women in Technology Experience at University of Adelaide, STEM Taste of Flinders, Science Alive and International and National competitions
  • Developing pathways to post school employment and Careers in STEM industries
  • Increasing student awareness, knowledge and skills that encourage graduates to leave school with the intention to gain the qualifications that will support their employment in STEM related occupations.
  • Providing teachers with relevant skills and resources to support student learning
  • Fostering sustainable partnerships with Business, Industry, Community and Tertiary groups to enhance students learning

Aberfoyle Park High School is the lead school in the Commonwealth funded Advanced Technology Project for the Southern Region of Adelaide. The project aims to increase the number of young people who undertake career pathways in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The Advanced Technology Industry School Pathways Program is an initiative funded from the Commonwealth by the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO).

Our focus on STEM is driven by evidence that the demand for skills in STEM, especially in our growing defence, mining, bioscience, clean tech and food industries is outpacing the supply of skilled men and women. Current trends indicate that the number of jobs requiring STEM skills in SA will increase significantly by 2020. These jobs will be most specifically in the areas of construction, engineering, mining, food production and advanced manufacturing. All of these STEM fields require students to have rigorous backgrounds in areas such as Mathematics, Physics, Electronics and Chemistry.