Last week the team was up in Geraldton for the STEM Learning Project’s first regional Professional Learning workshops. We held four workshops at John Willcock College, which were received positively.
Fertile Ground for STEM
Project Manager Michael Peter commented that teachers appreciated the structured approach. The modules are a ready-made resource which tie together many disciplines.
“This framework, underpinned by the Problem-based Learning approach, was viewed as an efficient and effective way to address the goals of STEM teaching and learning,” said Mr Peter.
This was fertile ground and the resources were very well received.
-Mr Michael Peter
Secondary Resources Thrive in a Middle School Structure
For Mark O’Brien, who coordinates the production of the secondary modules, seeing these resources at work was a highlight of the trip. John Willcock College, where the workshops were held, uses a middle schooling approach. Part of this is that the school is separated into six subschools. Each subschool functions as a team, with a high level of cooperation between teachers of different disciplines. The modules are designed to be cross-disciplinary, and the subschool structure helped them live up to their full potential. It was a beautiful showcase of the depth and integration that is possible to achieve with the modules.
Watch This Space
The modules that were delivered at last week’s workshops are the first to come through the pipeline – watch this space for many more. The trial stages for these first few modules are finishing up and they are now going through final testing and editing before they can appear on the Department of Education Connect site. If you can’t wait to see what all the fuss is about, you can book into another one of our professional learning sessions. In the meantime, you can keep updated on our news and the latest in STEM education right here.