Bunbury Catholic College
Rodsted Street
Bunbury WA 6230

STEAM Brains

STEAM Brains is an extension program for bright students who are in the transition years from primary to high school.

STEAM Brains sessions are run after school and students are encouraged to develop their problem-solving and reasoning skills in a student-centred, kinaesthetic learning environment.

Head of Mathematics at Bunbury Catholic College, Leah Mackay, conducts the program for students in Years 6, 7 & 8 who have been invited to attend STEAM Brains sessions that focus on the ‘General Capability of Critical & Creative Thinking’.STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.

The STEAM Brains approach emphasises constructivist teaching and learning, based on Bloom’s Taxonomy and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Students are encouraged to think critically and to ensure that all activities are maximising their learning.

As well as tackling problem solving activities, students are encouraged to ask questions and share knowledge about the transition from primary into high school. Year 7 and 8 students happily share advice and answer questions asked by the Year 6 students.

In response to positive feedback and interest from students, two groups of STEAM Brainers attend fortnightly sessions, on Mondays and Thursdays. These sessions are usually conducted in the Bunbury Catholic College Vocational Education & Training (VET) Centre, though they have occurred outside due to COVID-19 safety protocols.

All local primary schools receive information about the program for their Year 6 students, and students from many schools enrol in STEAM Brains.