What is iSTEM?
iSTEM is a student-centered elective for students in Years 9 and 10 that delivers Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in an innovative and integrated way.
iSTEM is what is known as a School Developed Board Endorsed Course (SDBEC) which has been approved by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) and forms part of a student’s academic record in NSW. Incorporating mechatronics, artificial intelligence, PBL, cybersecurity, engineering, 3D CAD/CAM, aerospace, and motion modules, iSTEM presents maths and sciences to students in ways that challenge not only their understanding of these key subjects but also their ability to manage projects and work in teams.
iSTEM was developed in the Hunter Region in direct response to industry’s urgent demand for young people qualified in science, technology, engineering, and maths.
Initially taught in seven leading hunter region high schools, the iSTEM course has been so successful that in 2019 it has been rolled out to over 270 schools across NSW. Since its inception in 2013 the number of schools endorsed has approximately doubled each year and the number of female students enrolled continues to be greater than other traditional male-dominated elective subjects offered in NSW schools.
This elective subject provides students with curriculum to support the most up to date technologies including 3D printers, virtual reality, drones, robotics and a range of intelligent systems. It engages students in problem-based learning and involves them in real-world learning.