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A ground up STEAM program build is winning

When Strathcona Girls Grammar in Melbourne decided to redo their STEAM program they took the opportunity to rebuild it completely. They did it well, STEAM teaching is now almost seamlessly integrated with the curriculum, the students are getting an early grounding in design thinking while sharpening their tech skills and the program has also managed to win international acclaim.
   Teachers Michelle Dennis and Eleni Kyritsis were tasked with the project. Both are committed to technology education, Dennis is Head of Digital Learning and Innovation and her influence is felt through the school’s entire technology teaching effort while Junior School Curriculum and Innovation Teacher Kyritsis is a former Australian Educator of the Year. Read More


26 Nov 2019 | Vic
A ground up STEAM program build is winning News Image

When Strathcona Girls Grammar in Melbourne decided to redo their STEAM program they took the opportunity to rebuild it completely. They did it well, STEAM teaching is now almost seamlessly integrated with the curriculum, the students are getting an early grounding in design thinking while sharpening their tech skills and the program has also managed to win international acclaim.
   Teachers Michelle Dennis and Eleni Kyritsis were tasked with the project. Both are committed to technology education, Dennis is Head of Digital Learning and Innovation and her influence is felt through the school’s entire technology teaching effort while Junior School Curriculum and Innovation Teacher Kyritsis is a former Australian Educator of the Year. Read More

12 Jun 2018 | International
Music making hits the cloud News Image

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

12 Jun 2018 | Queensland
Project STEAM at St Hilda’s News Image

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

12 Jun 2018 | International
STEAM clubs need structure News Image

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

27 Apr 2018 | National
#PrimarySTEMChat News Image

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

27 Apr 2018 | National
New STEAM lessons for primary classes News Image

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

26 Apr 2018
Nepotism – How much does STEAM affect teachers’ lives? News Image

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

26 Apr 2018
Practical applications in STEAM – Maths News Image

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

26 Apr 2018
Want to take 3D printing to the next level? News Image

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

26 Apr 2018 | National
Twits: Rachael Lehr and Fiona Hudson News Image

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

11 Mar 2018 | Melbourne
Issue 5 – Editorial News Image

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

11 Mar 2018 | Tasmania
Maths stands to be the real winner from STEAM News Image

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

10 Mar 2018
Robots: 73 international and Aussie teams competing at Sydney Olympic Park News Image

High school teams from across the Asia Pacific have descended upon the Quaycentre to battle it out at the FIRST Robotics Competition Australian Regionals. The Power UP competition kicked off on Sunday 11 March with three-team alliances facing off in the two-and-a-half minute matches. Read More