STEM in schools

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

Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership

The Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership (the academy) provides a range of numeracy suite programs to develop your numeracy leadership and teaching capabilities. The programs build excellence in classroom practice, instructional leadership, and embedding a whole-school focus on numeracy. 

Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA)

The VCAA 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 schools with mathematics and science specialists have significant and above-average growth in student achievement.

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 on-site 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

Arc is the Department’s platform for digital learning. You can access professional learning, student events and educational software to support teaching and learning.

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.

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.

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, visit 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 to Year 6.

The Girls in STEM Toolkit (GiST) has been developed by Education Services Australia. This innovative toolkit aims to encourage girls to study and pursue careers in STEM, through information, resources, activities and a career quiz to build girls' confidence in STEM.