Canterbury College offers students the boundless potential of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) learning through a diverse range of engaging innovative academic courses, extracurricular, exciting extension programs, excursions, incursions, competitions and amazing STEM extracurricular opportunities across our Junior, Middle and Senior Schools.

STEM@Canterbury provides students strong pathways to be better prepared for their STEM driven future.

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The Importance of STEM

SOURCE: QLD STEM Education Network

Canterbury College Strategic Plans promote STEM

Canterbury College supports an inclusive, student-centred and innovative approach to providing our STEM learning activities across a range of students’ abilities and interests.

Students benefit from STEM learning integrated in engaging curriculum lessons, creative extracurricular activities and extension opportunities through university and professional partnerships. Facilitated by well qualified and dedicated teachers, students develop STEM knowledge and skills, as well as how to effectively collaborate, innovate and problem solve for the real world.

Our STEM Team Contacts:

STEM Coordinator Middle/Senior School: Reina Mesina

STEM Coordinator Junior School: Amanda Johansen

Science Coordinators: Laurie Maetam (Years 10-12), Tory Mills (Years 5-9)

Design and Technology Coordinator: Alana Patterson (Years 9-12)

Maths Coordinators: Regina Meredith (Years 10-12), Chris Pollock (Years 5-9)

Digital Pedagogy: James Jenkins

STEM Curriculum

Inclusive, innovative approach to curriculum includes extension programs plus University and professional links. There are also opportunities for integrated projects based learning.


Canterbury College’s Science curriculum provides a diverse range of engaging learning opportunities and innovative practical applications to prepare for addressing real world contexts:

Year 7 to 9 CORE Science subjects - Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth Sciences while integrating Technology applications as guided by the Australian Curriculum.

Year 9 and 10 Extension Science

Year 10 CORE Science

Year 11 and 12 Biology

Year 11 and 12 Chemistry

Year 11 and 12 Physics

Senior students have the opportunity to extend their studies through direct University pathways by studying first year University units while at school:

Griffith Biology

Griffith Chemistry

Science Open Afternoon:

Science and Engineering Challenge (Griffith University and Rotary) hosted by Canterbury College

Year 7 Science with QUT:

A QUT Research Chemist inspires Canterbury College students about real world problem solving using chemistry separation techniques studied during their engaging lessons

Australian Youth Rocketry Challenge:

Year 7 Science - Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Excursion:

Senior Chemistry - Queensland Titration Competition:

Senior Biology Camp

Design and Technology

These subjects are as of 2017, watch this space for exciting new updates…

Academic pathways include extension opportunities:

  • 8 Design Technology
  • 9 and 10 Digital Technology
  • 9 and 10 Graphics
  • 11 and 12 Information Processing and Technology (IPT)
  • 11 and 12 Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
  • 11 and 12 Graphics
  • Vocational Education and Training Pathways (VET):
  • 9 Industrial Technology and Design (ITD)
  • 10 Furnishings Certificate 1
  • 11 and 12 Certificate 2 in Furniture Making
  • 11 Certificate 1 in General Construction
  • 11 and 12 ITD Technology Studies

Canterbury College’s Design and Technology curriculum is constantly adapting to cater for students successfully preparing for the technology driven future ahead. Students have access to emerging technology resources to support gaining knowledge and skills for these growing fields. Hence there is more to come and an exciting future ahead.


Canterbury College’s Maths curriculum provides a rigorous approach towards learning as they cater for all students’ abilities. Students benefit from applying calculations that eventually help solve complex real world problems across many fields in the current and future workplace.

Year 7 to 9 CORE Maths subjects cover an extensive range of topics as guided by the Australian Curriculum.

9 Extension Maths

8 Accelerated Maths

9 Accelerated Maths

10 CORE Maths

10 Extension Maths

10 Advanced Maths

11/12 Prevocational Maths

11/12 Maths A

11/12 Maths B

11/12 Maths C

STEM Extracurricular and Competitions

Middle and Senior School

  • F1 car challenge
  • Griffith University STEM Cup
  • Australian Space Design Competition (ASDC)
  • Junior Australian Space Design Competition (JSDC)
  • Coding and Robotics include:
  • RoboCup Junior Australia
  • Google CS First
  • University of Sydney Eureka Prize – Science Video Challenge
  • Maryborough Technology Challenge
  • Computational and Algorithmic Thinking Competition
  • Maths Olympiad
  • ICAS Science, ICAS Maths, ICAS Digital Technology
  • Australian Maths Competition
  • Young ICT Explorers

Junior School

  • Junior School Semester STEM Days
  • QLD da Vinci Decathlon
  • Griffith University STEM Cup
  • RoboCup Junior Australia
  • University of Sydney Eureka Prize – Science Video Challenge
  • Young ICT Explorers
  • Gold Coast Robotics Challenge
  • STEM Horizon
  • Friday STEM Club
  • Math Olympiad
  • ICAS Math
  • ICAS Science
  • Google CS First
  • Acer Cloud Processor Pilot Program

Facilities and Resources

Canterbury College offers students the benefit of our excellent facilities and resources. From exploring Bee Bots in Kindergarten, drones in Prep, Sphero coding and robotics in Junior and Middle School to laser technology, 3D printing and virtual reality to amazing Science investigation experiments, CNC Routers, Arduinos and Lego robotics in Middle and Senior School - there's something for everyone in the world of STEM at Canterbury.