May is shaping up to be an exciting month for us here at the STEM Learning Project. On Tuesday the 9th we officially launched the Project with a showcase event held at Scitech in City West. From the 24th we will be rolling out Professional Learning across the state. These will equip teachers to use the materials we are developing.
STEM Learning Project Launch Night
The STEM Learning Project Showcase evening highlighted some wonderful results from the Learning Project’s initial trial phase. Key participants from the consortium and our associated organisations came together to share in what we have learned so far.
We were very privileged to welcome five teachers from our trial schools. These teachers shared their experience using the modules. Guests were able to view examples of students’ work in three of the modules. The Long Walk has year threes choosing materials to make a shoe in a long-term, in depth investigation that teaches empathy at the same time as building STEM skills. In Bushfire Risk Warnings, year six students write an algorithm to predict bushfires and in Amp Up The Volume, year nines research acoustics to create a passive amplifier for their phones.
STEM Learning Project Consortium Chair Mark Hackling, the Honourable Sue Ellery MLC, and Chief Scientist Peter Klinken helped remind us of the “why” with their words on the importance of STEM for the future of WA.
Based on PWC findings, 75% of the fastest growing careers now require STEM skills, and yet in another startling statistic from the OECD, there was an 11% fall in participation in intermediate maths over the last 20 years.
Professional Learning Opportunities
The future of WA depends on today’s students, and to make a difference they need to be learning STEM. That’s why the Learning Project exists. To help teachers integrate STEM across the curriculum, we are running some professional learning sessions starting in Geraldton on the 24th May. To find out more about the workshops and to book into one near you, click here.