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.

Upcoming events

CSIRO’s STEM Professionals in Schools Regional and Remote Initiative

CSIRO is building partnerships with STEM professionals for teachers in regional and remote schools in Victoria through a new online, webinar-based initiative.

What’s involved?

  • Three online workshops to connect teachers with a STEM professional in a specific area of interest (the STEM professionals are primarily from the fields of engineering, information technologies and science):
    • Webinar 1: Thursday 5 November, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
    • Webinar 2: Thursday 19 November, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
    • Webinar 3: Thursday 3 December, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

  • The initial webinar will introduce teachers to STEM professionals and other participating teachers. After this session, teachers will be partnered with a STEM professional. The second webinar will assist with developing and planning for an activity with the partner STEM professional. The final webinar will look at sharing and evaluating the activity.
  • These online partnerships will require around 5 hours’ time commitment over the 4-week period (inclusive of the 3 webinars). It is expected that the partnership will continue beyond this initial period.
  • Teachers will be required to meet via phone or web-conferencing with their STEM professional between each of the webinars to plan and deliver the activity.

Recommended year levels and potential activities:

  • primary and secondary teachers – all year levels
  • teacher mentoring in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and ICT
  • support in planning for 2021 units in general and specialist sciences, mathematics and digital technologies
  • career presentations and student Q&A
  • virtual support for in-class and extra-curricular school STEM activities.

For more information, contact Maria Barrett, Education Relationship Manager with STEM Professionals in Schools via email (mbarrett@csiro.au) or phone (07 3833 5930) by Tuesday 3 November. Participants for the initiative also need to be registered with the STEM Professionals in Schools program. If you are not currently registered, it is a quick online process that takes 15 minutes, see: CSIRO - Teachers

Professional learning

Literacy teaching toolkit levels 7-10 teacher webinars

Registrations are now open for the Literacy Teaching Toolkit webinars.

Teachers are invited to register for the Literacy Teaching Toolkit (LTT) Levels 7-10 Webinars. These 90-minute webinars will introduce secondary teachers to LTT Levels 7-10 content that is specific to their discipline area. The webinars will profile current LTT strategies, and how to best incorporate them into classroom practice.

Each webinar unpacks the literacy relevant to major content areas, including building student knowledge of the reading, writing and speaking and listening skills required to be successful learners.

Resource packs and links will be sent to participants before each webinar. There will be opportunities to ask questions and collaborate with peers during the session.

Details

Science: 18 February 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

English: 4 March 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Mathematics: 17 March 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

To register for Term 1 webinars – Science, English and Mathematics please visit Bastow Literacy Teaching Toolkit Webinars.  

Term 2 webinars (Humanities, The Arts, Technology and Physical Education) will be announced at a later date.

Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership

Courses from Bastow include leading mathematics, which is designed for both primary and secondary school teams, with a focus on developing the knowledge, capabilities and dispositions to lead and support collegial learning and change.

VCAA STEM professional learning

The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority 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 that in schools with mathematics and science specialists there has been significant and above average growth in student achievement. 

Mathematics Teaching and Learning Centre (MTLC) at the Australian Catholic University (ACU), Melbourne Campus

For more information on 2020 conferences for teachers and school leaders, see: Professional Learning

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 onsite 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

Wolfram software is internationally recognised as powerful learning tools across STEM. We have an agreement to use this software in Victorian secondary schools.

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.

Digipubs (at FUSE) are digital publications providing practical advice, and learning and teaching resources for schools. Digipubs supporting STEM education include digital technologies curriculum and making.

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–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.

Reports and research

NMC Horizon Projectis an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education.