26
May 17

Industry & STEM: Real world applications in the classroom

We all know that we can teach theory and knowledge in the classroom, but it’s the application of knowledge that is key. Fulton Hogan Construction and Edwardstown Primary School have been collaborating to give students the chance to address real world problems from the classroom. Christie Evans, Year 6/7 Teacher, Edwardstown Primary School met several … Continue reading Industry & STEM: Real world applications in the classroom

24
May 17

‘I don’t like being called a teacher. I consider myself a facilitator of learning’

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 … Continue reading ‘I don’t like being called a teacher. I consider myself a facilitator of learning’

15
May 17

STEM learning at St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School

At St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School, the Junior School leadership team is both deliberate and intentional in achieving a shared vision for STEM. Together with students and teachers, we are committed to our STEM vision statement: “Prepare our girls for a complex, challenging and changing world that will require creative, global solutions” To support this … Continue reading STEM learning at St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School

22
Mar 17

Musical Questions at Improving STEM Education

Delegates played ‘Musical Questions’ at this week’s Improving STEM Education conference, discussing a range of key challenges in small groups before sharing their conclusions with the room. With representatives from schools all over Australia in attendance, here is an overview of the solutions they’re currently exploring with their students.   What are we doing to … Continue reading Musical Questions at Improving STEM Education

24
Jan 17

Why I left ‘Teacher Heaven’ for PBL

2

I used to work in Teacher Heaven, one of those schools where you walk into a class and every student is on task, where behavior issues are almost non-existent, where being a nerd is actually cool, and where students want to learn and be challenged every day. However, in Teacher Heaven I was trapped in … Continue reading Why I left ‘Teacher Heaven’ for PBL

23
Jan 17

My first year as a Digital Technologies and STEM leader

Leading both the Digital Technologies and STEM Curriculum – a year on, it’s not what I thought. It’s better! You’re not alone if you feel like you’re going to have to snap out of the summer holidays and transform into an educational superhero overnight so that you can deliver on the curriculum outcomes for your … Continue reading My first year as a Digital Technologies and STEM leader

08
Dec 16

Australia is very average when it comes to maths and science performance – here’s what needs to change

Alan Finkel, Office of the Chief Scientist As a school student, I awaited the arrival of the end-of-year report with a bracing mix of hope and fear. Now, as Australia’s Chief Scientist, I’m worried once again about school reports. Our proudly first-class country, with a prosperous economy and an egalitarian spirit, must not be fair-to-middling … Continue reading Australia is very average when it comes to maths and science performance – here’s what needs to change

02
Dec 16

Delegate highlights from the Improving STEM Education Conference 2016

Missed the recent Improving STEM Education Conference? Read our delegates’ highlights below and learn more about the next conference in this series.   Inspiration to take back the classroom “The Improving STEM Education Conference 2016 was motivational and inspirational and I highly recommend ALL educational leaders to attend! A stand out conference that catered all … Continue reading Delegate highlights from the Improving STEM Education Conference 2016