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

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 in November 2018, with professional learning starting in February 2019.

Schools interested in participating in the new cohort are encouraged to discuss this with their senior education improvement leader or email: vicstem@edumail.vic.gov.au

From concept to classroom: blending theory and practice in science and mathematics

  • Thursday 9 August 2018
  • For principals, assistant principals, aspiring and current science, mathematics and STEM leaders
  • John Monash Science School, 39 Innovation Walk, Clayton, VIC 3800

John Monash Science School and Monash University have teamed together to present a one-day professional development workshop on new pedagogies in maths and science education.  This day will showcase: team teaching in action, contemporary and engaging Year 10 science electives, and highlight a theoretical perspective on best practice.

For more information, and to register, see: From concept to classroom

2018 Australasian Wolfram technology conference

  • Thursday 6 September 2018
  • Free for Victorian educators
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Register by 25 August 2018

Bringing together the best and brightest technological innovators from multiple disciplines, this conference will showcase how you can infuse your work with computation to deliver quicker, smarter results. Through guest lectures, attendees will hear from those who use Wolfram technology daily. Attend to establish best practices, brainstorm ideas and make new connections.

For more information, and to register, see: Australasia Wolfram technology conference

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

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.