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STEM Program of Excellence

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 Kimberley Park State School is a Deep Learning school that is renowned for leading the way in student led, inquiry based learning with our students becoming highly proficient in the 6 Global Competencies of Collaboration, Communication, Critical and Creative Thinking, Citizenship and Character.  Our expectations are high and the opportunities offered to students support us to enable our students to be 'Good at Learning and Good at Life'.

 

STEM Program of Excellence

Kimberley Park State School is the STEM Primary school in the South East Region offering a specialised STEM Pathway of Excellence in STEM. This is a select entry program that is open to all students in Year 4, 5 and 6. 

 

Students in the program will be offered accelerated learning opportunities in STEM including Robotics, Coding, Science, Engineering and Mathematics through integrated learning pathways.

 

Students in the program are immersed in inquiry-based learning experience that encourage critical thinking and creativity, promoting student capacity to solve genuine and complex real-world problems. The program is specifically designed to develop and maximise potential in an environment that promotes a strong culture of academic excellence, preparing students for future pathways.

 

Students engage in learning programs with educational and industry partners including The University of Queensland, Griffith University, Queensland's Trust for Nature and the Queensland Museum.

 

Who should apply?

  • Current or prospective students in years 4, 5 and 6 who are achieving academically and are highly motivated in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
  • Students who thrive in a collaborative learning environment that is challenging and engaging.
  • Students who enjoy investigative processes to explore and create possible ideas and solutions to global issues.

How do students apply?

The application process for the STEM Pathway of Excellence is completed online.  The application process are as follows.

Round one

  • Open: Monday 9th May 2022
  • Close: Monday 30th May 2022
  • Testing date: Wednesday 15th June 2022

Round two

  • Open: Monday 25th July 2022
  • Close: Monday 15th August 2022
  • Testing date: Wednesday 7th September 2022

Applications after the application window closes may not be accepted.

STEM Pathways of Excellence 2023 Application Form

Selection procedure

The STEM Pathway of Excellence offer limited places, students are selected based on the following criteria.

  • Academic achievement
  • Entry Test results
  • Student engagement at school
  • Student response on application
  • Participation and interest in STEM activities within and external to their school community

Program costs

An initial fee of $100.00, in addition to the Student Resource Scheme, is payable upon acceptance into the program. This initial fee covers the cost of a STEM excellence shirt, competition entries, excursions and resources for the students first year of the program. An additional fee of $60.00 is payable in each subsequent year that the student is part of the program. The subsequent fee covers student resources and materials.

Scholarships

STEM Scholarships are open to students in Years 4, 5 and 6 for students demonstrating academic excellence and involvement in STEM activities within or external to their school environment. Places are limited.

Successful students will receive Student Resource Scheme and Contribution fee paid on their behalf for one school year. Successful students will be required to meet a set of commitment criteria including maintaining above average grades and demonstrating involvement in their learning and within their school community.

ICT Device

Year 6 students at Kimberley Park State School participate in a 1 to 1 laptop program providing every student access to his or her own laptop computer in a wireless environment allowing students to learn at their own pace and ability levels. Year 4 and 5 students have shared access to laptops within their learning spaces.

Can I visit and see the program in action?

Absolutely, we welcome prospective students and their families to observe student learning to see if the program is for them.  Please contact the school for available dates for a school tour.

Contact

If you have any questions regarding the STEM Pathway of Excellence and STEM Scholarship please use the contact below. Please include your child's name and current year level in your correspondence.

Bridgette Bird- STEM CHAMPION

bbird31@eq.edu.au 




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Last reviewed 22 April 2022
Last updated 22 April 2022