What is Two-Way STEAM learning?
At Cecil Andrews College Two-Way STEAM Learning is our cross curricular and student-centred approach to STEAM Project Based Learning (PBL).
STEAM is STEM including Arts and Humanities. STEM is each subject and the emergence of the 21st Century Skills which happens when we combine them as PBL.
Two-Way STEAM brings students' identity, and experience together with communities and the curriculum to create engaging, inclusive and real life learning opportunities.
Students' identity is gender, culture, experience, interests and skills. We acknowledge and value that students bring a lot to their learning - who they are and their aspirations and beliefs.
What are we doing to model the Two-Way STEAM approach?
Creating a Community Garden with Nyoongar Seasonal and Cultural knowledge.
Building a Nyoongar Yarning Circle with the Clontarf Football Academy.
Making Nyoongar Bush Tucker and Medicine products with the Girls Academy.
An all-girls FIRST Lego League Robotics Team.
A FIRST Robotics Senior Team committed to promoting STEM learning, diversity and inclusion in the wider community.
Sharing STEM learning and Culture with Tjuntjuntjara Remote Community School in the Eastern Goldfields.
To develop students confidence and 21st-century employment skills - the 5 Cs - Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, Creativity and Cultural Awareness.
To engage with Nyoongar Elders as cultural advisers and industry mentors to help guide project selection and create two-way learning experiences.
Involve local Community and Industry in our projects.
Bring Art, Music, Science, and Stories together in community linked STEAM Learning projects.
Our Current Projects
Our partnership was established in 2016 with Tjuntjuntjara RCS coming down to Perth to participate in The Arcadia Shows at which CA College was running the STEAM Ahead Schools Activities. Since then annual camps have enriched STEAM learning at both schools and given us wonderful friendships and cultural exchange opportunities.
These are outdoor education projects led by Nyoongar Elders which will produce Gardens and later a Forest at Cecil Andrews College with Interpretive Signage, digital story telling, music, culture and create 6 forest zones designed to activate during each of the Noongar Six Seasons. The forest will teach generations to come about the Nyoongar kaartdijin (knowledge) and age old relationship with this land which provides us with all we need to live.
Visit the Six Seasons Forest Projects page to find out more.