STEM and Digital Technology
Berendale School is preparing young people for their future.
Our program promotes students as both users and developers of digital technologies. Students learn to use current and new technologies to inquire and solve problems in the 21st Century.
In Year 7-10, students explore a wide range of 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, Year 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.
Students have access to:
- Built and buildable robots
- 3D printer and scanner
- Laser cutter
- Vacuum forming machine
- Electronic and circuit kits
- Green screen technologies
- Lighting and filmmaking equipment
- Desktop computers
Further to this, students have access to the BYOD program and iPads to support their learning across the curriculum.
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.
In 2019, Berendale School was the first special school in Victoria to participate in the robotic competition, RoboCup Junior Competition.
In 2020, students worked collaboratively to produce an animated film for the Focus on Ability Short Film Festival. They won a Finalist Award!