Scitech proudly hosted a special showcase event recently as part of the STEM Learning Project – a Department of Education initiative developing resources for STEM teaching and learning in schools.
The showcase event, held Tuesday 9 May, was an opportunity to officially launch and celebrate the project which was trialled in 2016.
Special guests on the night included Minister for Education and Training The Honourable Sue Ellery MLC, Chief Scientist of Western Australia Professor Peter Klinken, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister The Honourable Samantha Rowe MLC, and STEM Education Consortium Chair Emeritus Mark Hackling, as well as distinguished guests from industry, government departments, not-for-profit organisations, tertiary institutions and principals associations.
Professor Hackling emphasised the importance of the project which was responding to the challenge of preparing today’s students for the jobs of the future.
The STEM Learning Project generates students’ interest, enjoyment and engagement with STEM and encourages their ongoing participation in STEM education and training. It also is designed to develop critical and creative thinking, problem solving, and skills in collaborative learning and teamwork.
The project – which is a three-year long program – will support teachers with curriculum resources so they can implement and extend the WA Curriculum and develop the general capabilities across Kindergarten to Year 12.
The STEM Learning Project is being implemented by the STEM Education Consortium, which comprises a partnership between Scitech, Educational Computing Association of WA (ECAWA), the Mathematical Association of WA (MAWA) and the Science Teachers Association of WA (STAWA).