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.

Upcoming events

The World Engineers Convention (WEC) 2019 is co-hosted by Engineers Australia and the World Federation of Engineering Organisation and known as the ‘Olympics of Engineering’.

This international conference is held every four years and will attract participants from around the world. We’re proud that Melbourne will play host for this year’s Convention, bringing some of the greatest engineering minds to our local shores.

WEC in consultation with the Re-Engineering Australia Foundation has curated a program specifically for Melbourne’s high school students to meet some world-renowned engineers and find out where a career in engineering could lead.

Students from Years 8 to 10 with an interest in science, mathematics and technology are encouraged to join us.

Students will meet engineers who have made their mark in the competitive environments of F1 and who have integrated autonomous robots at Tesla’s Gigafactory.

They will also have access to young engineers who are starting their journey to change the world – encouraging students to understand what role they can play in re-engineering Australia’s future.

Details

Date: Friday 22 November
Timing: 11am – 1pm
Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Room: Plenary Theatre
Address: 1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf VIC 3006
Costs: Free of charge to attend, but you must register via email to kwhite@engineersaustralia.org.au by Friday 8 November as spaces are limited.

Professional learning

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.

Mathematics Teaching and Learning Centre (MTLC) at the Australian Catholic University (ACU), Melbourne Campus

For more information on 2019 conferences for teachers and school leaders, see: Professional Learning

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.

The PrimeSCI! program is based at Swinburne University of Technology, Wantirna and provides outreach science education programs for primary and secondary school students, and professional development for teachers. For more information, see: PrimeSCI! science education

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.

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.