At Bialik College, students have multiple opportunities to stretch their problem solving skills and showcase their robust Mathematical understanding. Our students participate in the Computer and Algorithmic Thinking (CAT) Competition, Melbourne University School Mathematics Competition, Australia Mathematics Competition (AMC), and the Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV) Games Days. Each opportunity chosen for its unique opportunity gives our students a variety of way to shine and be innovative.
Our students engage in cross-year level investigation teams utilizing their problem solving skills creatively while strengthening their resilience and deepening their Mathematical understanding. Students across Years 7 to 10 work in teams to extend their thinking and build a shared understanding of how collaboration can lead to innovation. The culminating event after weeks of preparation, sees the students joining teams from other schools to participate in the Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad.
Coding and programming is an integrated part of the curriculum that weaves seamlessly into classroom activities. Here is an example from a Year 8 Mathematics class demonstrating how students can combine the functionality of the Microbit with their laser cutting skills to create a piece of art for Light Up Bialik.
STEM doesn’t start and stop at the classroom door – it’s everywhere! The student learning focuses on investigations that are filled with wonder, questions, answers and more questions. Examples are Year 2 – Mini golf course, Year 3 – Mimicking life on Mars, Year 4 – Pencil cases build from repurposed items, Year 5 – Beeswax wraps. Each investigation is carefully designed to foster creative problem solvers, innovative and critical thinkers, that are able to use new technologies.
Kitchen Garden Program
STEM is an integral part of the Bialik College Kitchen Garden Program. In the garden component students use Micro Bits (open source hardware ARM-based embedded system) to design, test and make a moisture sensor for an in an indoor plant. In preparation for winter students design and construct their own greenhouses with a large range of materials and tools at their disposal.
In kitchen lessons students explore the concepts of molecular gastronomy and develop their own out of the box food science experiments with a range of food grade chemicals such as Sodium Alginate and Calcium Chloride. There is much excitement when the mini “Heston” style feast is created and enjoyed by all. The wonder of liquid nitrogen to make fruit sorbet and freeze dry fruit snacks.