STEM and Digital Technology
STEM and Digital Technology at Berendale School
Berendale School is preparing young people for the future of work. Students learn to use current and new technologies to inquire and solve problems in the 21st Century.
Our program promotes students as both users and developers of digital technologies.
In Year 7-10, students participate in maker spaces. They explore a wide range digital systems in robotics, advanced manufacturing and multimedia processes. They develop their design thinking skills and apply digital technologies to respond to project briefs in real-world contexts.
In VCAL, Years 11 and 12 students develop their digital literacy and ICT skills for their pathway. They learn to use desktop publishing tools to prepare a portfolio of documents for different purposes and audiences. Also, they research the role of robots and advanced manufacturing practices in their pathway and future industries.
Housed in the Technology Suite, students have access to:
- Built and buildable robots
- 3D printer and scanner
- Laser cutter
- Electronic and circuit kits
- Green screen technologies
- Desktop computers
Further to this, students have access to the BYOD program and smart tablets to support their learning across curriculums.
Excellence in STEM Education
Berendale School champions innovation and excellence in inclusive STEM education. We provide and extend opportunities for students to deepen their learning and interests in digital technologies in the wider community and industries.
Students can attend the afterschool program, Tech Club and participate in various STEM competitions throughout the year. In this social environment, students collaborate in teams to achieve a common goal.
One notable achievement was in 2019, when Berendale School was the first special school in Victoria to participate in the robotic competition, RoboCup Junior Competition.
Since 2015, Berendale School is an eSmart School.
We promote and educate our school community to be safe, smart, responsible and ethical users of technology while embracing its uses.
Students learn about cyber safety and how to take care of devices and use them for their intended purposes.