Questacon, The National Science and Technology Centre, got a head start with STEAM education, about 30 years’ worth, and it has brought that experience to its Smart Skills program which is aimed at students and teachers alike.
Momentum is building as Samsung, the Ian Potter Foundation and the Australian Government have backed the program. To date some 23,000 students and more than 3000 teachers from 290 schools have been exposed to Smart Skills’ practical, context based STEAM teaching.
Questacon itself sees around 2 million visitors a year in its facilities in Canberra, across the country through travelling programs and national initiatives. Read More
Consider the issues in the media in recent times touching on e-safety or aspects of digital citizenship, digital visual literacy and the responsibilities inherent in the use of social media – critical to all of these is a literacy level and understanding of the digital environment. Read More
The F1 in Schools competition has been around for years now with entrants participating in any of the jobs that a real F1 team offers and guess what? The Australian kids are rather too good at it. Read More
Before there was Wikipedia there was the Encyclopedia Britannica and with a Chrome browser extension, the venerable publication’s entries are a click away. Britannica Insights™ is free and is located the top-right of the search results. Read More
Here's another reason to love physics; solving physics problems lights up parts of the brain associated with attention, working memory and problem solving. Research also suggests that physics is an imaginative process. Read More
If you want an immersive STE(A)M experience the STEM garden at Quantum Victoria is a very literal example. Quantum Victoria is a Centre of Excellence and Innovation devoted to STEM and is co-located with Charles La Trobe P–12 College. Read More
Music has always embraced technology and Soundtrap is the next iteration of the recording studio, it takes sound recording into the cloud which makes creating, sharing and collaborating on musical projects a matter of swiping your device. Read More
St Hilda’s School on the Gold Coast has always emphasised the sciences and mathematics and the girls’ school is also big on music and the arts so they’ve been doing STEAM for a while, long before it became STEAM. Read More
STEAM clubs have been popping up everywhere and that’s a good thing as they bring young people together who have in interest in STEAM and want to explore the subjects in innovative ways outside the school curriculum. Read More
A huge part of being a good STEAM-powered teacher is staying connected. PLNs (Personal Learning Networks) on Twitter are a fantastic way to link up with like minded teachers. Read More
Add an ‘A’ for arts to science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) with Cool Australia’s brand-new package of primary lessons STEAM Made Simple, there are six lessons to help students develop their creativity. Read More
In general, if you grow up with teachers, you either become a teacher or run like hell from the profession. I know a LOT of teachers. Mum, until recently, taught at a primary school. Dad (before he died) worked his way up to principal... Read More
The problem I’ve always had with Mathematics as a subject is that is the most often looked at as an “open to page 23, do every odd exercise. Test on Monday” subject. Read More