With only a few weeks left in Term 3, it’s getting hectic around town again. But if you have a spare moment, you should take a look at some of these activities and events. It's a next year event but well worth putting into your 2018 planner 2018 TeachTechPlay Conference Thursday 12th & Friday 13th April, Melbourne.
DATTA Vic Design and Technology Week
The Design and Technology Teachers Association have announced their first Design and Technology week. Running from 16th – 22nd October this year, it is designed to showcase work from teachers and students around Australia. Check out the website for more information and to sign up.
DATTA Vic will be running two evening workshops on robotics for teachers - both Primary and Secondary. They're taking place at the Dream Factory in Footscray, working with VEX robots.
From Day of STEM (http://dayofstem.org/Australia)
I have run a couple of Day of STEM Cyber Security programs with my Year 8s and 9s and they have been very successful. The heads of Science, PE and Maths are very interested in a new program they are running (the Head of RE is only interested because they reference the Collingwood Football Club):
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Stacy Moxton at Mathcamps sent this list:
"As you know, STEM is an important element of all levels of education. In our ever-growing technological world, it seems there are few career paths that don’t in some way utilize skills acquired through STEM classes. It can be intimidating curriculum for some students, but luckily, there are a lot of great tools for making it accessible to and fun for everyone.
I wanted to send you some additional resources that I hope you’ll consider adding to your list. I know how difficult it can be to hunt these types of tools, so I hope they’re helpful!"
Cyber-attacks on Australia’s education sector have dropped to 18% (down by 32% from 2017) which saw the sector leave the top spot of most targeted.
A proposed $50 million Flinders University-led Australian Centre for Innovative Manufacturing (ACIM) at Tonsley will be the nation’s first reconfigurable ‘Future Factory. Read More
The shortage of Maths teachers is well documented and has been for some time, a shortage has been appreciated since the 1980s, the problem will only get worse as enrolments increase. Read More
If we are to believe futurist Thomas Frey, drones will become the most disruptive technology in human history. To be fair Frey’s definition of a drone is more than the flying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or UAVs we typically think of. Read More
Grant is kind of generous, if you manage to impress, Grant will make it very worth your while, giving away funds for classroom STEAM resources.