STEM in schools

​STEM learning and activities for 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

VCE Physical Education – Unit 3, Biomechanics Professional Learning

  • Wednesday 14 November 2018
  • For VCE Physical Education teachers teaching Unit 3 Biomechanics in 2019
  • Swinburne University of Technology
  • Register by Tuesday 30 October 2018

The session will explore biomechanics and build teachers’ skills in creating relevant assessment tasks. This professional learning day is hosted by Swinburne University of Technology, in partnership with the VCAA.

For more information and to register, please visit: VCE Physical Education – Unit 3, Biomechanics Professional Learning session

AIR4 Life event

  • Wednesday 21 or Thursday 22 November 2018
  • For Year 6-10 girls and female teachers
  • Luna Park, Melbourne

AIR4 Life is an event that is hosted over two days, with 700 female students (yr 6-10) and female teachers being invited for either the 21st or 22nd November, 2018. 

For more information, and to register, visit: AIR4

21st Annual Primary and Secondary Teachers' Mathematics Conference

  • Wednesday 5 December 2018
  • For teachers and school leaders with a responsibility in mathematics education
  • ACU (Melbourne Campus), 115 Victoria Pde, Fitzroy
  • $330 per participant

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.

VCAA STEM professional learning

The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority provides professional learning in STEM on a variety of topics. Please visit STEM professional learning for more information.

Primary mathematics and science specialists (PMSS) initiative

The PMSS initiative provides:

  • funding to release two teachers for 0.5 full-time equivalent for two years to work with other teachers to gain greater confidence and capacity in teaching mathematics or science
  • 20 days of professional learning, delivered by subject experts, educational leadership facilitators, and previous PMSS specialists.

Evaluations of previous PMSS cohorts have consistently shown that in schools with mathematics and science specialists there has been significant and above average growth in student achievement. Cohort 5 of PMSS will commence with an online information session for principals in November 2018, with professional learning commencing in February 2019.

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.

Host an in2science mentor. In2science mentors are placed in secondary school science and mathematics classes over a 10 week placement each semester. 

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

PrimaryConnectionsis 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 Projectis an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education.