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Year 9 STEAM Immersion

STEAM is an educational concept incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics.  At the end of Term 4 2017, four students from our school were offered a chance to participate in a program where they were immersed in these subjects for a week.  The program ran for six days, being held as a partnership between Mitchelton State High School and Samford Commons, a community organisation that is becoming known as an exciting learning showcase for sustainable living, working, learning and playing.  Located in the old CSIRO complex in Samford, the Commons contains a permaculture farm, a community library, various educational buildings and numerous greenhouses, one of which was converted into sleeping quarters for the students during their stay.
All Year 9 students were invited to apply for this opportunity, the four student eventually chosen from a number of quality applicants were Lauren Hall, Paige Colley, Tully Cowan and Tara Long.  The program included visits to QUT, the Translational Research Institute, Eden Bushfoods, Samford Village and Millen Farm.   Students also participated in a diverse range of workshops with activities ranging from developing engineering solutions and coding drones, to bushcraft and a dawn eco-experience.  The students joined a ceramic art workshop to develop a community art installation and recorded their learning journey using digital story telling.  These diverse, challenging and fun STEAM experiences led to an unforgettable and inspiring week. Tara, Tully, Paige and Lauren deserve congratulations for the way they made the most of this opportunity and did their school proud with their maturity and enthusiasm.