Frequently Asked Questions
About the Project
What is the STEM Learning Project?
The STEM Learning Project is a Department of Education Initiative and is run by a consortium of WA STEM providers. These providers are Scitech, STAWA, MAWA and ECAWA. The aim of the Project is to develop resources in science, technology, engineering and maths that take a Problem Based Learning (PBL) approach.
This project looks at how we can introduce STEM teaching into our schools using curriculum resources that we have now developed.
When did it start?
This project began in 2016 but was officially launched by the Minister for Education, Sue Ellery, in May. It is currently being rolled out across the state through professional learning workshops.
Who does the project target?
The STEM Learning Project is for public school teachers who are interested in classroom-ready STEM teaching approaches and resources.
About the Resources
What STEM teaching approach do the resources take?
The STEM Learning Project modules use a Problem Based Learning (PBL) approach. PBL is a form of enquiry learning in which students collaborate to solve real world problems. The problems are meaningful, authentic and open-ended, with a low entry and a high ceiling for achievement. The modules we have produced are cross-curricular and integrative. They link in to the Western Australian Curriculum Learning Outcomes and the General Capabilities.
This approach will help students to learn not just content, but important thinking skills and processes that will help them to succeed throughout their lives.
When will the resources be available?
Selected schools are trialling the resources throughout 2016-2017. After revisions, we will make the resources available to state schools across WA. The roll-out process will take place from 2018-2019. You can access the current resources by coming to one of our professional learning sessions.
How am I meant to use them in my classroom?
The STEM Learning project presents an approach that enables teachers to address the curriculum, while embarking on STEM teaching and learning using the curriculum resources we have developed. These are meant to be only a small part of the year’s academic program, enabling teachers to use a problem-based learning approach whilst developing STEM capabilities that students will need in future.
About the Professional Learning Workshops
There are professional learning workshops?
Yes! The best way to find out more about the STEM Learning Project materials is to attend one of our workshops. These have already started happening throughout WA. Find out what teachers are saying about them here.
Workshops are registered on PLIS and you will be accredited for attending. Click here to see upcoming workshops.
How much do they cost?
We cover all costs, except for teacher relief. This includes morning tea and lunch costs up to $12 per head. We may charge a small extra fee so you can eat yummier food.
What is the difference between the two hour workshop and the full day workshop?
The two hour session is a short introduction. It will present you with an overview that will help you to think about using the modules in your classroom. This is for teachers and school leaders who are already at an advanced stage of implementing STEM at their schools.
The full day session gives you a chance to work through the thinking behind STEM and this project. It provides useful insight for teachers wishing to embark on the STEM teaching journey and helps to provide the rationale. It also allows for a hands on review of the modules, how these can be implemented, and the management issues around STEM teaching and learning. This is for teachers and leaders who have just started to consider STEM teaching and learning and how this may be implemented. It is very useful in helping to get staff on board.
How does the regional PL work?
The model we have looks like this:
- We stay in a regional centre for two days offering the same full day workshop on each of those days. That way a teacher who misses one day has a chance to get to the other. It also helps with managing the teacher relief.
- We offer a primary and a separate secondary workshop.
- The workshop time is usually 8.30 to 3.30 (We can adjust that if teachers need to leave at a certain time owing to the driving distance.)
- We provide hardcopies of the curriculum resources.