What is the STEM Academy?
Fairhills High School has a rich Science, Technology & Mathematics curriculum which all students experience. We offer a broad range of interesting subjects and programs that are tailored to enhance and support the national curriculum's science and maths syllabuses through practical application and experimentation.
It is further enhanced by the STEM Academy giving students additional, indepth opportunities to be involved in STEM activities.
Fairhills places a high emphasis on learning concepts through hands on experimentation, where our science and technology classes are rich in practical experiences with students learning concepts whilst gaining valuable skills.
Classes regularly use the state of the art facilities at our second campus at KIOSC (Knox Innovation, Opportunity, and Sustainability Centre) sharing with the other Knox Secondary Schools an $11M state-of-the-art Technology Training Complex in the grounds of Swinburne University in Wantirna. Cutting edge technologies such as Robotics, 3D Design & Printing, Virtual Reality Occulist experiences and the latest of laboratory equipment are used. Many of our senior students also undertake vocational training in Laboratory Skills and other technology subjects.
Emerging new science subjects such as Frontiers of Physics, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, and Mathematical Logix2Magic are offered in a virtual classroom setting in collaboration with John Monash Science School and Monash University.
Students are provided with details of many competitions and events including the Univeristy of New South Wales Mathematics, Science & Information Technology competitions, The Australian Video Game Challenge, Codebreakers, F1 Racing in Schools, Subs in schools, the Solar Car Challenge, the DaVinci Challenge, Science Olympiad and many others. Students are passionately encouraged to participate in any event in which they are interested.
Who can join the Academy?
STEM is for students interested in Science and Technology and/or those thinking about a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics.
Enrolments into the academy are accepted on an ongoing basis throughout the year. There are no fees for enrolling into the Academy Program and most of the costs associated with STEM opportunities are covered by the school. Students who are passionate and interested in any aspect of STEM are encouraged to apply to the Director of STEM.
Who runs the Academy?
The STEM Academy is run by the Director of the Academy, Michelle Nickels, who liaises with each head of STEM affiliated key learning areas of Maths, Science and Technology.