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The future of technology begins at King’s
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is a growing area of focus for many of the top schools in Australia and King’s is at the forefront of these developments.
The key point of difference in the STEM subjects at King’s is the practical nature of assessments and activities that enable the boys to apply their skills to real world problems.
Head of Science Roger Kennett believes that this is the reason for the exceptionally high results last year. “Last year we identified a problem at Badgery’s Creek Airport around aircraft volume so we split the boys into groups and ran a competition to try and come up with the ultimate innovation to solve this problem,” he said.
Similarly, the Industrial Arts Department, run by Simon McMahon, is constantly striving to be at the forefront of education and technology.
“Here at King’s we use a ‘slow-release’ model of teaching, which means that in Year 7 learning is teacher instructed and then over the six years of senior school we gradually encourage the boys to take responsibility for their own learning,” he said.
Extra-curricular opportunities are also an integral part of increasing results and passion for STEM subjects at King’s. Mario Ronzini, Head of Computing Studies, runs coding camps and competitions to enrich the boys who are interested in technology and software design. Similarly, the Mathematics Department headed by John Sowden provides holiday coaching for all the students, bringing in the best teachers from around NSW to explain concepts to the boys.