STEM in Schools

STEM learning and activities for school aged learners and school professionals.

Curriculum

Foundation to year 10

STEM education includes specific knowledge across four learning areas plus the inter-relationship between them. There are opportunities for STEM learning to be delivered in an integrated way, supporting deeper engagement in these four learning areas.

STEM is integral to the following learning areas:

Each area of the Victorian Curriculum F–10 includes content descriptions explaining what is to be taught and achievement standards describing what students are able to understand and do.

Professional learning

Using Science to teach Maths

  • Wednesday 23 May
  • Open to primary and lower secondary teachers
  • Ecolinc, 17-23 Labilliere St, Bacchus Marsh

This day is geared to primary and lower secondary teachers and looks at a cross curricular approach. The idea behind this is to use science and scientific concepts to teach mathematics skills.

To register your interest, please email Linda Flynn, Director – Ecolinc: flynn.linda.e@edumail.vic.gov.au

10th Annual Primary Teachers' Mathematics Conference

  • Saturday 26th May
  • Open to primary teachers & school leaders and mathematics teachers
  • ACU (Melbourne Campus) 115 Victoria Pde, Fitzroy 

This conference develops teachers' professional knowledge, practice and engagement. Sessions look at current topics, including engaging all students, number sense, ways of working mathematically, assessment, and real life applications.

Registration closes Friday 18 May 2018. For more information, including registration, see ACU Mathematics Teaching and Learning Centre

Environment and Sustainability Symposium

  • Monday 18 June
  • Open to primary and secondary teachers
  • Ecolinc, 17-23 Labilliere St, Bacchus Marsh

The symposium will involve a range of high quality experts in the environment and sustainability field who will deliver keynotes and workshops. The aim is to broaden knowledge and understanding around key environmental issues that are part of the Victorian Curriculum and Victorian Certificate of Education.

To register your interest, please email Linda Flynn, Director – Ecolinc: flynn.linda.e@edumail.vic.gov.au

STEM: Let's Learn More About Engineering!

Government primary teachers are invited to register for a two-day professional learning program (16-17 July 2018).

To register for STEM: Let's Learn More About Engineering! contact Victorian Space Science Education Centre by 22 June 2018.

Energise your STEM teaching and enhance your understanding of engineering concepts and skills. Learn how to incorporate and feature Engineering content and processes in your classroom using effective instructional strategies.

4th Annual Conference for School Leaders in Primary Mathematics Education

  • Thursday 19 July 2018
  • For school and sector leaders with a responsibility in primary mathematics education

For more information, see: ACU Mathematics Teaching and Learning Centre

21st Annual Primary and Secondary Teachers' Mathematics Conference

  • Wednesday 5 December 2018
  • For teachers and school leaders with a responsibility in mathematics education

For more information, see: ACU Mathematics Teaching and Learning Centre

Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership

Courses from Bastow include Leading Mathematics, which is designed for both primary and secondary school teams, with a focus on developing the knowledge, capabilities and dispositions to lead and support collegial learning and change.

Professional associations

Programs and resources

Places

Tech Schools are high technology centres of learning that use leading-edge technology, discovery and innovation.

Science and Mathematics Specialist Centres offer a unique insight into new technologies and research through onsite and outreach education programs.

Software and websites

Wolfram software is internationally recognized as powerful learning tools across STEM. We have an agreement to use this software in Victorian secondary schools.

FUSE is our digital resource repository and sharing space. It contains a huge collection of rich, quality-assured digital resources for both students and teachers.

Digipubs are digital publications providing practical advice, and learning and teaching resources for schools. Digipubs supporting STEM education include digital technologies curriculum and making.

Emerging Sciences Victoria is a real-time synchronous virtual learning environment for Year 10 students across several different areas of emerging science.

Digital Technologies Hub provides learning resources and services for teachers, students, school leaders and parents. The hub relates to the Australian Curriculum. Victoria uses the Victorian Curriculum. The Victorian Curriculum F–10 incorporates the Australian Curriculum and reflects Victorian priorities and standards.

Programs

Early Years Koorie Literacy and Numeracy Program provides funding to assist schools to address the gap in educational outcomes between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students.

STEM Programme Index 2016 offers over 250 programmes, catering to hundreds of schools and many thousands of students across the country.

2018 National Science Week school grants are available from the Australian Science Teachers Association. All Australian schools (preschool to senior secondary) are eligible to apply for a grant to contribute to the running of a National Science Week activity or event. Applications close Friday 23 April 2018.

Classroom activities

PrimaryConnections is a curriculum and professional learning resource linking science and literacy. PrimaryConnections provides curriculum units that support science teaching from Prep–Year 6.

Task types and mathematics learning is a set of classroom activities that were designed by Victorian teachers as part of an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage project.

VicSRC Environmental Resource Kit is an environmental resource kit to help your school community become more environmentally friendly.

Reports and research

NMC Horizon Project is an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education.