Suzy Urbaniak was the 2016 winner of the Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools. She is Earth & Environmental Science Teacher at Kent Street High School, and an advocate of trans-disciplinarian, STEAM based learning.
A Geologist by profession, she found the classroom to be completely disconnected from the reality of working in science when she began teaching. In response, she prototyped a new system called CoRE, which focuses on authentic, hands-on science work.
Field trips are a significant component of her teaching-learning practices. Students are visual learners and it is through these experiences that they understand how theoretical science applies to real world context.
Watch Suzy’s video about CoRE:
Source: Stories Out Loud
Suzy will be speaking about ‘CoRE – the experiential, project based learning program’ in the Secondary School Stream of the Improving STEM Education conference this August. Book soon to secure early bird rates!