24
Jul 17

STEAM Train: Outdoor Tinkering Studio

We all know that students love the investigative and experimental nature of Science and Technology. They value hands on experiences over all else. However, providing opportunities for such learning experiences is becoming harder as testing and data collection take hold in our schools. When you mention Science, kids think experiments and hands on learning, so … Continue reading STEAM Train: Outdoor Tinkering Studio

20
Jul 17

STEM-spiration: 14 STEM activities for the new term!

Whether you’re looking for a quick, fun activity or long term projects to boost STEM learning, we’ve got a collection of STEM activities to get the ball rolling this term! Science Watch liquid move without touching it by making magnetic slime Get term started with a bang with these exploding pop rockets Understand the characteristics … Continue reading STEM-spiration: 14 STEM activities for the new term!

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

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