Ormiston College is recognised as a leader in its transdisciplinary approach to implementing STEM in the mainstream classroom. In 2016, the college has continued building on its STEM initiatives via project-based learning. It has also received global recognition, this year becoming one of only nine fully fledged Microsoft Worldwide Showcase Schools in Australia.
Ormiston students were invited to present projects and deliver workshops for delegates attending Griffith University’s Digital Technology Summit, the Australian Council for Educational Research STEM Conference, and Microsoft Australia’s Redefining Learning Conference. At these events, students demonstrated how they built and coded their own 3D robotic hand, created and coded short stories, and how they designed their own hydraulic system.
Today, one third of Ormiston College’s teaching staff are members of its Learning Innovations Leadership Committee (LILC), which meets regularly (both face-to-face and online) to examine new and emerging technologies, share classroom best practice, and collaborate on how to effectively lead improvement, innovation and change in 21st century schools. LILC members also engage in action research, with a view to obtaining insights into innovative approaches in teaching and learning, and developing reflective practice.