Below are some links to resources and STEM partnerships:
The Science Educators’ Association provides support to teachers across the system and offers professional learning.
PrimaryConnections linking science with literacy is a program developed by the Australian Academy of Science which links the teaching of science with the teaching of literacy in primary schools. It is an inquiry-based approach focusing on developing students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in both science and literacy. PrimaryConnections provide curriculum resources and a practical professional learning program.
The ANU Schools Enrichment Program is designed to provide students in Years 7-11 with flexible opportunities to experience the ANU, offering a wide range of workshops in all of the STEM subjects. ANU also coordinate Waterwatch and the Seismometers in Schools program.
The curriculum-linked Science and Technology Education Leveraging Relevance (STELR) teacher resources have been developed by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE). It is a hands-on, inquiry-based program that shows students that science and maths are relevant to their lives. STELR also provides students with career profiles which highlight the study pathways necessary for jobs in STEM.
Since 2007, the CSIRO have partnered teachers with STEM professionals to enhance teaching practice and help to deliver engaging education in Australian schools. The STEM Professionals in Schools program involves partnerships between schools and scientists, mathematicians and ICT professionals to share expertise and knowledge to enhance learning opportunities in STEM areas.
The CSIRO’s Creativity in Research, Engineering, Science and Technology (CREST) is a non-competitive awards program that supports students to carry out open-ended science and technology investigations.
Questacon, who design support materials for use in primary classrooms, and deliver professional learning.
The STEM Education Research Centre at UC are developing the Early Learning STEM Australia (ELSA) Trial and digital platform under contract by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training. ELSA builds on the success of the Australian Government’s Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) Trial.
The Digital Technologies Hub, which unpacks the Digital Technologies Curriculum and provides lesson ideas, research, professional development and activities based on the curriculum.
Grok Learning, is an online interactive platform that offers coding classes in programming languages like Python and HTML. Each class is aligned with the curriculum.
The Australian Digital Technologies Challenges developed by the Australian Computing Academy are free in-classroom activities for the most challenging aspects of the Year 5-8 bands of the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies, including algorithms, implementation (coding), data representation and data interpretation.
The Computer Science Education Research Group (CSER), based at the University of Adelaide in the School of Computer Science, has developed a free Massively Open Online Courses (MOOC) program of professional learning in digital technologies. This is delivered using a hybrid model, where teachers from various schools come together on a regular basis to complete the on-line modules with a mentor supporting the group.
The Girls in Engineering and Technology Program (GET Set) is designed for female students in years 11 and 12 who wish to explore an education and career in engineering and technology. The 2018 GET Set event is the 10th anniversary of the program. The event is a non-competitive day including design, test and build tasks, lectures and demonstrations.
ACT Young Women in Engineering (YoWIE), an opportunity for Year 9 and 10 students to see where studying maths and science at school might take them.
Useful Science Websites