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STEM at Le Fevre High School (supported by the University of South Australia)

Uni SA


During 2015 Le Fevre High School has collaborated with the University of South Australia, West Lakes Shore School, Le Fevre Peninsula Primary School and Largs Bay Primary School to provide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) experiences for their Year 6 and 7 cohorts. This has involved the specialist Science, Maths and Technology teachers working with the Primary School Teachers on activities that build on learners’ understandings, connect learning to students’ lives and aspirations, apply and assess learning in authentic contexts and communicate learning in multiple modes.

These days not only introduce students to STEM and the Design, Make and Appraise cycle, they also give students another opportunity to experience High School life and facilities not accessible in Primary School and further build a community of learners in STEM.

Below are the two projects that students have been involved in with some photos too.

Le Fevre Peninsula Primary School was kind to write some feedback for us.

Weather Vane (Anemometer): Largs Bay Primary and Le Fevre Peninsula Primary School

All students will be investigating the theme of ‘Wind’, including measurement, speed, design and the manufacturing of an anemometer.


Feedback from Le Fevre Peninsula Primary School Year 6 students.

All the students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and more and more of our students now want to go to Lefevre High.

We also thank you for the use of your trade workshop for the day and the use of the computer room. Many of the students relished the opportunity to use tools such as the machines in the trade workshop, the laser cutter and various others.

All of the students really enjoyed the opportunity to utilise a laser cutter, and the figures and symbols that the printer produced made our weathervanes all the better.

The lunch and recess provided was also greatly appreciated, it was delicious. Whoever cooked the food did well to cook so much in such a short space of time.

All the students went home to put their weathervanes in their gardens and on top of their roofs.

On behalf of the year six students at Lefevre Primary school we would like to thank you for having the opportunity to participate in STEM day at Lefevre High.

We would also like to thank Mr Narcys, Mr G and Mr Fletcher for their time in helping us to make our anemometers and weathervanes

Many thanks,

Elliot Turvey on behalf of the Year sixes at Lefevre Primary.


Mechanical Rowboat(not yet completed): West Lakes Shore School

Analyse ways to produce designed solutions through selecting and combining characteristics and properties of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment.

Generate, develop, test and communicate design ideas, plans and processes for various audiences using appropriate technical terms and technologies including graphical representation techniques.

Effectively and safely use a broad range of materials, components, tools, equipment and techniques to make designed solutions.

Use project management processes when working individually and collaboratively to coordinate production of designed solutions.

 Some of the details behind the Mechanical Rowboat:

Electronics – Inputs, outputs, simple circuits on breadboards, soldering. Electronics safety.

Mechanical transfer of energy using pulleys, transferring energy.

May commence assembly of motor.

Complete motor and pulley assembly for rowboat. Test components and operation of motor, adjust or make modifications.

Introduction of design for the hull of the rowboat. Boat hull shapes investigated and explained. Styrofoam model constraints explained. Simple hand sketching techniques investigated such as isometric and orthographic drawing. 3d modelling techniques and rapid prototyping.

Review boat hull design, sketches and planning. Introduction of workshop safety in relation to tools and equipment being used. Using plans students will model their hull design from Styrofoam in the technology workshop. Motor assembly will be added to hull and components tested to verify the models works as required.

Students will test their model in water tank. The model will be required to complete a set distance, the time taken will be recorded and students will consider how their design could be improved.