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STEM Activities & Curriculum

Our Curriculum

At Talus Academy, we believe that the future belongs to those who can navigate the intersection of technology, creativity, and innovation. That’s why our curriculum is more than just a set of courses; it’s a holistic journey designed to cultivate the STEM leaders of tomorrow.

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Crafted with precision, our syllabus resonates with the ever-evolving dynamics of the STEM landscape. From the foundational blocks of programming to the intricate web of IoT and robotics, our curriculum is a reflection of the contemporary digital era. Moreover, by weaving in essential topics like internet safety and digital privacy, we ensure our students are not only tech-savvy but also ethically aware.

Each stream is meticulously structured to accommodate diverse learning needs, ensuring every student finds their path to mastery, regardless of their starting point. And with a consistent alignment to the NSW Education Science, Technology, and Design and Technology syllabus outcomes, you can be confident in the relevance and rigor of our offerings.

Dive in and discover a STEM education that’s as expansive as it is immersive. Welcome to the Talus Academy curriculum.

Coding

The art of coding, at its core, is a blend of creativity, logic, and innovation. At Talus Academy, our approach to teaching coding is uniquely progressive, ensuring that every student, regardless of their starting point, is set on a path to mastery and innovation.

Recognizing that the best learning often happens when it’s fun, we kickstart our coding curriculum with block-based programming integrated into beloved games like Minecraft. This approach, while seemingly playful, introduces students to foundational concepts of coding in an environment they are comfortable and enthusiastic about. By manipulating and customizing aspects of their favorite games, students are organically introduced to computational thinking without being overwhelmed by complex syntax.
Once the foundations are strong, our students transition into the world of text-based coding. This phase delves deeper into programming languages, offering them a more granular view of the digital architectures they interact with daily. As they type out and debug lines of code, they grasp the nuances of programming languages, gaining the confidence to sculpt digital realities with precision.
The final phase of our coding curriculum introduces students to the very tools and platforms used by industry professionals. By this point, students are not just passive learners but budding tech architects, poised to tackle real-world problems. Using advanced platforms and real-world datasets, they’re encouraged to create their own projects. Whether it’s developing an app, designing a website, or creating an automated tool, students learn the intricacies of the software development lifecycle. Every step of our coding journey is intentional, ensuring that by the end of their time with us, Talus Academy students are well-equipped with not just coding skills but also the analytical and problem-solving capabilities that the modern world demands. Their projects, a testament to their growth, mirror real-world applications, preparing them to be frontrunners in the tech-dominated era that lies ahead.
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Every step of our coding journey is intentional, ensuring that by the end of their time with us, Talus Academy students are well-equipped with not just coding skills but also the analytical and problem-solving capabilities that the modern world demands. Their projects, a testament to their growth, mirror real-world applications, preparing them to be frontrunners in the tech-dominated era that lies ahead.

Iot And Robotics

In the nexus between the tangible and the intangible lies a fascinating world of possibilities, and our IOT and Robotics curriculum at Talus Academy is designed to guide students seamlessly through this intricate landscape.

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Through this meticulously crafted progression, Talus Academy ensures that students don’t just learn about IoT and Robotics in isolation. Instead, they experience a journey from understanding the simplest electronic components to integrating them into sophisticated, responsive robotic systems. The future beckons, and our students are more than ready to lead the charge.

Every great journey begins with a single step, and ours initiates with a dive into digital circuitry. Here, students acquaint themselves with the fundamental components that form the backbone of all electronic devices. They get hands-on experience with LEDs, switches, motors, servos, and more. By learning how these elements work, interact, and can be controlled, students lay the foundational understanding crucial for more complex projects ahead.
Stepping up from basic components, students are then introduced to the brains of many digital devices: microprocessors. With tools like the Arduino, ESP32, and Raspberry Pi Pico, they get to explore the magic of turning logic and code into physical actions. This phase isn’t just about programming; it’s about experiencing the immediate real-world results of their code, be it in lighting up an LED or driving a motor.
With a robust grasp of microprocessors, students are ready to venture into the vast world of IoT. Here, they learn to create projects that aren’t just interactive but are also interconnected. Whether it’s designing a weather-monitoring device that uploads data to the cloud or creating a home automation system, students get to experience the power and potential of devices that can ‘talk’ to the world.
The final frontier in our continuum is Robotics. At this stage, students combine their knowledge of digital circuitry, microprocessors, and IoT to step into the realm of mechatronics and physical design. They’ll craft robots that can sense, process, and act upon their environment. This culmination not only challenges their technical skills but also their creativity and problem-solving capabilities.

Internet Safety And Digital Citizenship

As our world becomes increasingly interconnected, it’s essential to understand not just the potential but also the pitfalls of the vast digital realm. At Talus Academy, we have curated a curriculum to ensure our students, and their guardians, are well-equipped to face the online world with knowledge, confidence, and responsibility.

Our journey begins at the smallest scales, diving deep into the world of atoms, molecules, and the fundamental forces that bind them. Students gain an understanding of atomic structures, electron configurations, and the basics of quantum mechanics, revealing the intricate dance that underlies all matter.
From the micro, we transition to the macro. Students delve into the principles of classical mechanics, deciphering the laws that govern the motion of objects. Concepts such as Newton’s laws, kinematics, energy conservation, and gravitational interactions become more than just theories; they transform into tangible insights explaining everyday experiences.
Merging digital wellbeing, digital footprint, and cyberbullying, this focus area emphasizes the lasting impressions one leaves online, the impact of prolonged digital exposure, and the importance of respectful online behavior.
Beyond just browsing and interacting online, we ensure our students are genuinely digitally literate. This includes understanding content critically, discerning credible sources, and being aware of the broader implications of digital actions and decisions.
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In addition to instilling these principles in our students, Talus Academy acknowledges the crucial role of parents in this digital journey. We offer specialized workshops, arming parents with the knowledge and tools to support their children in building healthy, safe, and positive online habits. By weaving internet safety and digital citizenship throughout our courses, we aim for holistic digital education, where students don’t just use the online world but thrive in it responsibly.

Physics (Coming Soon)

Physics, the study of matter, energy, and the fundamental forces of nature, offers insights into phenomena ranging from the microscopic scale of atoms to the vast expanses of the universe. At Talus Academy, our physics curriculum is thoughtfully designed to illuminate these wonders, fostering a profound appreciation and understanding of the world around us.

Our journey begins at the smallest scales, diving deep into the world of atoms, molecules, and the fundamental forces that bind them. Students gain an understanding of atomic structures, electron configurations, and the basics of quantum mechanics, revealing the intricate dance that underlies all matter.
From the micro, we transition to the macro. Students delve into the principles of classical mechanics, deciphering the laws that govern the motion of objects. Concepts such as Newton’s laws, kinematics, energy conservation, and gravitational interactions become more than just theories; they transform into tangible insights explaining everyday experiences.
Beyond statics and motion, the curriculum unfurls the realm of waves, both mechanical and electromagnetic. Students explore the intricacies of sound, the phenomena of interference and diffraction, and the breathtaking realm of optics. Through hands-on experiments, they witness the beauty of resonance, reflection, and refraction.
Physics isn’t static; it evolves. Our advanced modules introduce students to the revolutionary ideas of Einstein’s relativity and delve deeper into quantum mechanics. These concepts challenge and expand traditional understandings, pushing students to think beyond the ordinary and embrace the extraordinary.
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At Talus Academy, physics isn’t just a subject—it’s a journey of discovery. Through interactive lessons, hands-on experiments, and an inquiry-driven approach, students don’t just learn physics; they live it. By fostering a culture of curiosity and exploration, we aim to not only impart knowledge but also ignite a lifelong passion for understanding the universe’s deepest mysteries.

Empower Tomorrow's Innovators With Today's Tools

At Talus Academy, we believe in hands-on learning that puts real-world tools in the hands of our students. Through our innovative curriculum, we introduce aspiring young minds to essential technologies that shape our digital world. Here’s a glimpse of what students will engage with.

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