LASER Program of Excellence
LASER stands for ‘Learning and Advancement in Science Engineering and Research’ and is a unique Cocurricular Program of Excellence for Year 7 students looking to engage with real world problem-solving. Using the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), this STEM Program encourages students to work collaboratively using the Design Thinking Process to instigate change and develop solutions to problems that plague communities and the environment.
Guided by the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, students will investigate a variety of challenges – from disease, climate change, poverty, hunger, gender equality, sustainability, and marine health and ecological disasters – at a local, national and or international scale. Students will select a topic of interest and work collaboratively, using the Design Thinking Process, to define the problem in their area of interest and identify how technology can be used to limit or reduce the impacts of the challenge on people and the environment. Students will then pitch their solutions for change to the College community for feedback.
LASER students will refine their research skills, learn how to code using Micro:bits, explore the features of Adobe, and develop an understanding of how to use 3D printing and laser cutting to create prototypes. Students will also receive guidance on how to pitch their ideas whilst also taking on constructive feedback.
Running for one afternoon a week across Semester 2 2023, LASER is a unique opportunity for Year 7 students to engage with STEM to solve problems that matter to them and to instigate the change they want to see in their world.