The Gardens School strives to inspire students to Wonder, Innovate, Nurture, Grow and Succeed (WINGS).
STEAM is a unique approach to the New Zealand inquiry-based Curriculum by integrating science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics into our Curriculum. STEAM gives the opportunity for students to be creative, critical thinkers and flexible problem solvers, to explore different ideas, to recognise setbacks in learning as opportunities for discovery and to effectively communicate and work with others.
At The Gardens School we are continuing on our journey to make learning ‘real-world’ and innovative for our students. We continue our strong mathematics, technology, arts, coding and Vex Robotics Programmes for Years 6- 8, as the initial step towards a fully customised STEAM curriculum that seamlessly works alongside the New Zealand Curriculum.
The Gardens School incorporates a STEAM focus in the intermediate team (Year 7/8). We are approaching tech education with an engineering design approach. We recognise the STEAM movement and are responding with innovative programmes and spaces that will inspire a new generation of designers and inventors. When students are charged with designing something that will help the world in some way—whether it’s building safer playground equipment, creating devices for fellow students or designing objects to fly—they tend to be more invested in the learning process. Through this approach, students are building the foundation for an unknown future where innovative thinking and collaborative problem-solving will widen their choices and chances for fulfilling future careers.
STEAM also provides opportunities for further professional development and research for staff through partnerships with Tertiary and research institutions. Our MindLab journey in 2015/2016 for our teachers provided training for STEAM initiatives and helped our staff visualise the possibilities.