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
The Brainary has teamed up with the world leading Australian 3D printer company, ME3D, to bring together Robotics and 3D printing. The idea is that the two can be used together so students can create their own robot from scratch. Read More
This issue, I wanted to do a joint Twits, because these two work as a pair, organising a very popular weekly hashtag called #PrimarySTEMChat. Every week, they present a number of questions to teachers involved in the chat. Read More
Five issues in and the world is already changing. Education Minister Simon Birmingham says that the government will consider bringing former tradies and nurses into teaching with changes to the registration process. Read More
I approach my curriculum planning in the way I approach much of my life: I work out what I want to achieve and then I work out how to do it so I keep a short note on my computer’s desktop reminding me what it is I want to achieve. Read More
I honestly believe that we are beyond keeping our best lesson plans for ourselves. Yes, you might take my unit of work and give it to a graduate and that saves you from hiring me at the top pay scale and… Read More
I don’t know what they’re actually called but every issue I will profile a useful Twit, for you to build up a collection of people to follow. Deb Hicks is an ICT coach and began tweeting to share resources and develop a personal learning network. Read More
Get in quick or miss out; the nominations for the 2018 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science entries close in less than three weeks and the upside is pretty sweet, prize money ranges from $50,000 up to $250,000. Read More
The new Ballarat Tech School has opened, giving students from 15 secondary schools in Ballarat access to the latest technology and innovative learning programs. Read More
Everyone’s favourite, well mine anyway, Terminator was the one who assumed the persona of a policeman, you know the one who could fashion a horrible poker out of a finger and do unspeakable things to people. Guess what?... Read More
Sydney University gets a lot of things right and for that reason it’s in the top 100 globally, so the university’s recent agreement with Dropbox to roll it out campus wide in a world first 67,000 user agreement is a pretty strong endorsement. Read More
If there was one thing that came out of the recently released Digital Australia Report which looked into the effects of gaming in Australia it’s that video games have infused every part of the society. Read More