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STEM4Innovation project helps solve real-world problems

John Curtin College of the Arts and Curtin University have teamed up to create STEM4Innovation, an innovative web platform that provides educators and students with a more realistic and contextual approach to the curriculum by incorporating STEM principles to solve real-world problems.

Whilst the website is still in its draft stage, Design and Technology Coordinator Tim Rowberry and Kim Flintoff from Curtin University have started working with the WA Innovation Hub, led by respected surgeon and researcher Professor Fiona Wood, to showcase the concept.

Professor Wood conducted a ‘live stream’ hospital experience from Fiona Stanley Hospital to show students virtually the challenges faced in our health services. She gave the students insights on a patient’s journey through planning, scrub up and through to an operating theatre. Students were able to ask her questions directly about the environment and processes to help them identify the challenges that exist on the frontline of health, especially in the context of COVID-19.

The recorded session was then uploaded to a secure network of schools from the Learning Futures Network, a Curtin University initiative, to study and select their own challenges and more than 700 students have taken part in the project.

The college then hosted the STEM4Innovation and WAIH Hospital Immersion Project Pitch Presentation, where, using a design thinking approach, our design students and other students from across the State pitched concept solutions to industry experts on the problems identified from the virtual tour.

Attended by Professor Wood and Member for Bicton, Lisa O’Malley as well as other special guests, the presentation provided students with a great opportunity to present their ideas and demonstrate their design thinking talent.

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