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STEAM-powered education: what’s in a name?

'All aboard the STEAM train!' No
Everybody needs a catch phrase. I have no idea what mine should be. Let me tell you what I’m aiming to do with The STEAM Report. And you can provide me with a clever motto in return.

'Full STEAM ahead!' Hmmm
STEAM is a new buzzword for an old concept: Education works better when it isn’t compartmentalised into subjects. The best learning takes place when a student can make use of a number of skills to solve a problem. Students will do that anyway. But unless there is a way for the school to acknowledge that skills from a number of domains have been utilised, we can’t record them or report back to the parents. Read More


27 Jul 2017 | Australia
STEAM-powered education: what’s in a name? News Image

'All aboard the STEAM train!' No
Everybody needs a catch phrase. I have no idea what mine should be. Let me tell you what I’m aiming to do with The STEAM Report. And you can provide me with a clever motto in return.

'Full STEAM ahead!' Hmmm
STEAM is a new buzzword for an old concept: Education works better when it isn’t compartmentalised into subjects. The best learning takes place when a student can make use of a number of skills to solve a problem. Students will do that anyway. But unless there is a way for the school to acknowledge that skills from a number of domains have been utilised, we can’t record them or report back to the parents. Read More

2 Aug 2017 | Sydney
Matific scores two wins at SIIA CODiE Awards News Image

Matific, the popular online maths resource for primary school students, has won two awards at the International SIIA CODiE Awards in San Francisco, for Best Mathematics Instructional Solution and Best Game-Based Curriculum Solution. Read More

27 Jul 2017 | Australia
STEAM versus STEM News Image

STEM has been a buzz word for a few years now. Everything is STEM. Throw money at STEM. STEM will save us.   Science. Technology. Engineering. Maths... it’s catchy. Education stems from STEM, etc. etc. Read More

27 Jul 2017
Mid- New Year’s Resolutions News Image

Some might say that putting together a list of resolutions at the middle of the year might be counter-productive. I prepared this article at the start of the year but it made more sense to hold it for the first issue of The STEAM ReportRead More

27 Jul 2017 | Australia
What’s new in STEAM? News Image

Everything. Everything’s new. STEAM is innovation. Think what the steam engine did for society! We’re going the same way. But specifically, the year has already gotten off to a huge start with events and news that is positively STEAMy. Read More

27 Jul 2017 | Australia
Inaugural $50,000 Matific Games News Image

Forget finals footy, look out for The Matific Games in mid-August for your fix of competitive action.  Students will battle it out to show their maths proficiency and hard work on Matific’s suite of online maths games for K–6 Read More

26 Jul 2017
Fund a NAO robot for your school with a Digital literacy Schools Grant News Image

The Brainary, distributors of NAO robots, is offering to help schools to apply for a Digital Literacy Schools Grant. NAO is an ideal platform for engaging students in STEM concepts and the Arts and social sciences in differentiated lessons. Read More

25 Jul 2017 | Sydney
Learning Maths while having fun News Image

Matific was designed to teach mathematics in a fun, engaging way. Fun, but not so fun that there’s no learning being achieved. Research conducted by the UWS indicates that Results improved by 34% when using Matific. Read More

25 Jul 2017 | Sydney
Uni Syd to support schools digital tech curriculum News Image

The University's ACA will deliver the Australian Digital Technologies Challenges for Years 5 and 7 on behalf of the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training until December 2020, with support from Grok Learning and Monash Uni. Read More

25 Jul 2017 | Sydney
ScopeIT Education offers free primary Science Week lesson plan News Image

To mark Science Week 12-20 August, ScopeIT has created  a lesson plan focused around Science week and offers an introductory coding lesson that can be delivered by classroom teachers Read More