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Prep STEM – our young world explorers who can have silly ideas and are making a difference
Prep STEM – our young world explorers who can have silly ideas and are making a difference

In an earlier article for Teacher, Kristie Schulz from Parklands Christian College explained the pedagogical framework used by STEM Studies teachers at the Queensland school. Here, she details how the program has been implemented in 3 prep classes.

Teacher Staffroom Episode 52: Celebrating women and girls in STEM
Teacher Staffroom Episode 52: Celebrating women and girls in STEM

How many female scientists are mentioned in high school science curricula here in Australia? This question kicks off today’s Teacher Staffroom podcast that highlights some of the key articles, podcasts and infographics we’ve published this month that celebrate women and girls in STEM.

The rare, golden opportunity of STEM education
The rare, golden opportunity of STEM education

In 2018, Kristie Schulz from Parklands Christian College wrote 3 articles for Teacher sharing how the school had successfully introduced a new STEM Studies elective for its year 10 students. Five years on, she shares details of research findings looking at the pedagogical framework used and how the program has since been implemented in 3 prep classes.

Infographic: Girls’ interest in engineering
Infographic: Girls’ interest in engineering

It's well-known that women are underrepresented in participation in STEM education and the STEM workforce. The 2021 Youth in STEM study surveyed participants about their awareness and perception of STEM subjects and careers. As this infographic shows, the findings reveal age is important for girls when it comes to interest in studying engineering.

STEM teachers recognised with national prize
STEM teachers recognised with national prize

Each year, the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Excellence in Science Teaching recognise the critical role primary and secondary school educators play in inspiring and encouraging students to take up an interest and consider careers in STEM. Last night, Judith Stutchbury and Donna Buckley were named winners of the 2023 prizes.

Improving student outcomes by celebrating female figures in STEM
Improving student outcomes by celebrating female figures in STEM

In the latest episode of our podcast series, The Research Files, we spoke with Dr Kathryn Ross about the gender bias evident in Australian high school science curricula. In this article, we speak with primary school STEM teacher Megan Hayes about how she ensures her students learn about the contributions of Australian female scientists in order to improve girls’ participation in STEM.

The Research Files Episode 87: Where are the female scientists in high school curricula?
The Research Files Episode 87: Where are the female scientists in high school curricula?

How many scientists are mentioned in high school science curricula in Australia and how many are women? After discovering that Marie Curie was absent from the radioactivity section of a state Physics syllabus, astrophysicist Dr Kathryn Ross set out to explore if the contributions of other women were being overlooked. She joins us on this episode to share the shocking findings.

Students construct winning video games for national STEM challenge
Students construct winning video games for national STEM challenge

The 2023 winners of the annual Australian STEM Video Game Challenge have just been announced. This year, students in years 4-12 created their own video games inspired by the theme ‘construction and destruction’. In this article, we share the winning entries.

Teacher Staffroom Episode 50: Teacher planning
Teacher Staffroom Episode 50: Teacher planning

In today’s episode of Teacher Staffroom, we’re going to be talking about teacher planning, drawing on 3 articles written by educational leader Michael Rosenbrock, as well as some of the other highlights from Teacher this month.

Teacher planning – manipulatives and representations in STEM
Teacher planning – manipulatives and representations in STEM

So far in a 3-part series on teacher planning, educational leader Michael Rosenbrock has looked at how teachers can pro-actively plan to tackle student misconceptions in STEM and support them to build and use their vocabulary in science and mathematics. In this final article, he explores how teachers can best plan to make effective use of manipulatives and representations to help students build understanding.