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STEM learning – international best practice. Queensland science teacher Sarah Chapman is passionate about engaging youngsters in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education and has travelled the world gathering evidence of international best practice.

STEM learning – international best practice

It’s a research journey that’s taken her to Singapore, Finland, the United Kingdom, United States and New Zealand, visiting schools, businesses, tertiary institutions, STEM outreach programs, peak bodies and government departments. ‘The idea was to gain expertise and best practice across the whole STEM ecosystem, not just in schools,’ Chapman tells Teacher. The Head of Science at Townsville State High School embarked on the trip after being awarded a 2016 Barbara Cail STEM Fellowship.

Chapman and fellow award recipient Dr Rebecca Vivian, from the University of Adelaide, spent six weeks overseas. STEM learning – international best practice. Full STEAM Ahead: Why Arts Are Essential in a STEM Education. In December of 2015, Old Navy was caught up in a controversy over a tee shirt design in which the word "Artist" was crossed out and replaced with either "Astronaut" or "President.

Full STEAM Ahead: Why Arts Are Essential in a STEM Education

" The internet was full of artists and scientists sharing their stories about how art was actually an important part of their lives. There was even a photo of former President George Bush, now an aspiring artist, making its rounds. In fact, NASA even has a page dedicated to astronauts turned artists. An Obvious Connection In 2006, Georgette Yakman, a graduate student at Virginia Polytechnic and State University, developed a framework that took the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) acronym one step further. The connection is also obvious for anyone who has ever worked in any traditional STEM career. STEM education is not merely a focus on four core classes or an increased focus on any individual letter in the acronym. Online publication for school educators. Throughout August, Teacher is exploring the theme of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning.

Online publication for school educators

Today’s article shares a review of evidence-based practice for primary STEM teaching. While the need for STEM-related expertise in the workforce is growing, the number of students choosing STEM subjects at secondary and tertiary level in Australia is stagnating. Although decisions about future pathways are made later on in a student’s school career, teachers in the primary years have an important role to play. A new review offers practical ideas for primary STEM teaching. Where the jobs will be in 2030: new report. Rachel Lilley is teaching children how to prepare for an uncertain jobs future.

Where the jobs will be in 2030: new report

The curriculum she teaches at Regents Park Christian School in Sydney is one she developed to teach students website development skills, computer coding and research skills. But the course doesn't stop there. The children are also being taught problem solving and communication skills, which new research suggests will be vital for their economic survival in the future. Teaching Design Thinking: Units and Advice from Educators. By Kelby Zenor, Rubicon International Teaching kids to think is a fun but challenging topic.

Teaching Design Thinking: Units and Advice from Educators

Students need to be able to take in ideas, process them, and then distill them into new ideas. However, how students learn to think can be vastly different, and unique to the person teaching them. Edutopia. After watching a room of students working and learning via a maker project, one can't help but be awed by the level of engagement.

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There's a low hum as students buzz around, helping one another troubleshoot problems and figure out next steps. They suggest improvements and model skills for one another. Science Week – Drones, Droids and Robots. It’s called National Science Week but this year’s theme for schools focuses on the T in STEM – Technology – with educators and students encouraged to explore Drones, Droids and Robots.

Science Week – Drones, Droids and Robots

The ‘toy’ versions of the tech are becoming increasingly popular but the 2016 theme centres on the real-world application of autonomous technology in areas such as agriculture, mining and space exploration. Australian Science Teachers’ Association (ASTA) President Anne Disney says this year’s theme will take schools on ‘a fascinating journey between science fiction and science fact’. Resources to support teachers ASTA has produced a free resource book for teachers. Untitled. The Boeing Company has teamed up with Teaching Channel to create 10 Science and Innovation curriculum modules as part of the company’s 100th anniversary, which is being celebrated for the next 100 days.

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The modules, which were originally designed by teachers paired with Boeing engineers, have undergone multiple stages of revision designed to adapt them to better meet the goals of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). An iterative process is necessary as teachers, school leaders, and coaches work to realize the vision for science teaching and learning that the authors of the Framework for K-12 Science Education and the NGSS imagined. How art is drawing students to STEM. To address the decline in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) participation in secondary and tertiary schools, experts are turning to innovative approaches to engage students in their science lessons.

How art is drawing students to STEM

Russell Tytler, Professor of Science Education at Deakin University, will be speaking at next month’s Research Conference 2016 about how the art of drawing is a key activity to helping students engage with science. ‘If we are to engage students with thinking/reasoning and working scientifically, we need to align classroom practices more authentically with the knowledge building, or epistemic practices of science,’ Tytler tells Research Developments ahead of the event. ‘The science that students engage with should demonstrate the nature of science as it works in the world. ACARA - Information materials. Focusing on the process, not just the product. In 2015 Teacher brought you news of how one school is using a digital fabrication lab to engage girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Maths (STEAM).

Focusing on the process, not just the product

One year on, Editor Jo Earp catches up with Principal Susan Just to reflect on the benefits and ongoing challenges. It’s the end of another exciting visit to the digital fabrication laboratory for Year 7 students at Melbourne’s Lauriston Girls’ School as they work with US educator and ‘tinkerer in residence’ Jaymes Dec to design and make magic lanterns. Principal Susan Just says the youngsters agree that the lanterns are ‘very cool’ – combining everyday objects with computer programs and electronic circuitry – but the real benefit of the FabLab projects can be found in the process, rather than the end product. ‘[It’s] the design thinking process, the process of making, the process of problem-solving.

It’s those skills that you can actually transfer to any aspect of a career. 18 STEM Activity Ideas, Resources to Promote Summer Learning. Resources: The STEM Programme Index. There's a growing smorgasbord of initiatives and resources beyond the classroom supporting the push to improve STEM learning outcomes, so finding one to fit your students' needs at any given moment in time can feel a little overwhelming. In an attempt to make things easier for educators, the first national STEM Programme Index has just been released. Edutopia. Full STEAM Ahead: Why Arts Are Essential in a STEM Education. In December of last year, Old Navy was caught up in a controversy over a tee shirt design in which the word "Artist" was crossed out and replaced with either "Astronaut" or "President.

" The internet was full of artists and scientists sharing their stories about how art was actually an important part of their lives. There was even a photo of former President George Bush, now an aspiring artist, making its rounds. In fact, NASA even has a page dedicated to astronauts turned artists. STEAM + Project-Based Learning: Real Solutions From Driving Questions. Ronnie: Boys and girls, what is inside of this bag? Air. You are going to see convection at its best. Natasha: Now that we are a STEAM school, using project based learning as our primary instructional strategy, we see our students succeeding at the highest levels. They're interested in what's happening in the world.

Resources and Downloads for STEM. Maker Education: Reaching All Learners. Overview Engaging All Learners Albemarle County Public Schools spans 726 square miles, educating 13,700 students among 26 schools -- including two public charter schools. Middle School Maker Journey: Top 20 Technologies and Tools. "It's not about the tool," they say -- but sometimes it is. In our middle school makerspace, students have been using a variety of tools and technologies in a variety of projects and activities. And there are many more that we've yet to explore and experience. Bringing Engineering Design To The Classroom. Helping Students Become Designers: Agency By Design. This is the second in a six-part series titled Making in Schools.

The core of what attracts us to maker-centered learning at Lighthouse is that it develops student agency and ownership of learning. Introducing: MakerBot In the Classroom. What Is Making When It Comes To Education and Schools? Edutopia. Edutopia. Edutopia. Edutopia. Reinventing the classroom for the digital age.