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What is STEM Education?

STEM education focuses on the learning areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. STEM is an interdisciplinary approach that incorporates hands on, challenge-based learning aimed at harnessing the potential of high performing students.


Modern economic growth is reliant on students becoming innovative global thinkers capable of finding creative solutions to real world problems. STEM education nurtures high achieving students enabling them to target career paths across a vast range of leading edge professions.

Why Ashdale STEM Institute?

The STEM Institute delivers an enriched and accelerated curriculum across Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, nurturing high achieving students to target career paths across a vast range of leading edge STEM professions.

Curriculum delivery within the STEM Institute focuses on an interdisciplinary approach across the STEM subjects. Lessons are designed around finding solutions to real world problems.  The STEM Institute teaches skills such as critical thinking and problem solving and creates an environment that promotes innovation, collaboration and an entrepreneurial mindset.

Students in the STEM Institute will have access to tertiary and industry partners, exposing them to professionals within the STEM fields. They will have the opportunity to showcase their work in various forums, including expos, competitions and business projects. Incursions and excursions are a valuable part of the program, enriching and enhancing the learning experience.

The facilities and equipment at Ashdale Secondary College are world class. Students have access to the latest technology throughout the College including:
• a vibrant Creative Lab including use of 3D printers
• robotics & mechatronics workshop
• e-textiles & maker space workshop
• iMac labs, TV studio, surface tablets and the latest software.

The STEM Curriculum

The program requires a three year commitment (Years 7 to 9) to fully develop the students as self-directed learners with exceptional higher order thinking. All students enrolled in the Program who successfully complete their course requirements over three years will have the opportunity to pursue further studies on an ATAR pathway, as part of their WACE achievements.

The program is offered in a learning environment that is technology smart and rich. Parents are required to supply a laptop and Adobe Creative Cloud Software for students in this program. See the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Specifications sheet for minimum requirements.


Both the STEM and Creative Technologies Institutes provide a clear pathway to Senior School, targeting career paths across a vast range of leading edge professions. Our expert teachers undertake development programs that encourage inquiry-based teaching and learning strategies. There is a strong emphasis on creative and critical thinking, scientific method and problem solving.

For further information please visit the Overview and Application Process

To view the ICT Approved Specialist Program brochure, please click on the brochure below:

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