STEM in Primary

STEM in Primary
A blog for those interested in primary school STEM education

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Innovation committee recommends teachers get schooled on STEM

Stuff this week - Innovation committee recommends teachers get schooled on STEM

Enjoy the break everyone. I will be on holidays for the next two weeks. Normal blog schedule will then resume!
In the meantime do read this recent article. Innovation committee recommends teachers get schooled on STEM

Stuff in the news

STEM – We know what it stands for, but what does it mean? - Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ll know that STEM has been the dominant buzzword among education circles for some time now, and there are no signs of this changing anytime soon. An article from EducationHQ 19 June 2017 
Australia has a STEM 'decay curve' - Australia needs more qualified STEM teachers to encourage school students to take up science and maths subjects and combat a "decay curve" of plummeting participation in the field. An article from ITNews 19 June 2017.

Stuff to buy

Micro:Bit - Now available in Australia!.It is a small programmable computer with onobard accelerometer and magnetometer sensors, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, a display consisting of 25 LEDs, two programmable buttons. Allows kids to easily add electronics to their creations.
*At this point in time I earn no money from any product I list and I am not affiliated with any other company.

Stuff in education

Innovation committee recommends teachers get schooled on STEM - A House of Representatives Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training has recommended that the Australian government pay particular focus to the nation's education system if it wants to ensure a future workforce that is digitally capable. An article from ZDNET 19 June 2017

Stuff to do Australia Wide

Program Computers to Talk - Coding with Speech Synthesis for Kids - Read this blog post from Tech Age Kids to see how you can get your kids into experimenting with speech synthesis. Its easier that it sounds!
Australian STEM Video Game Challenge - For grades 5+.The Australian STEM Video Game Challenge will ask participants to develop games in response to a central theme or idea. Registration open 1 May and submissions close 25 August.
Young ICT Explorers -  A non-profit competition, which has been created by SAP to encourage school students to create their best Information and Communication Technology (ICT) related projects. Registrations are OPEN. See the YouTube video here!
CSIRO CREST Program - CREativity in Science and Technology. Engage your students with open-ended science investigations and technology projects through the CREST program.
National Science Week - Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology and thousands of individuals – from students, to scientists to chefs and musicians – get involved, taking part in more than 1000 science events across the nation. 12 - 20 August 2017
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Young Engineers Australia - Provides an engaging, hands-on learning platform using LEGO® and K’nex® assembly kits
CoderDojo - A volunteer run programming club
Code Club Australia - A network of coding clubs for kids aged 9 to 11.

Stuff to do in Brisbane

Luminarium Festival - The workshops are designed to accommodate Potter fans of various ages. Participants are grouped according to year levels and work in teams to complete projects at their ability level, challenged and supported by teachers. 30 June 2017.
SLQ Digital Futures - Each year the State Library of Queensland presents a theme of interest to the Queensland community. Throughout 2017, they invite you to join in exploring Digital Futures.
Robogals Holiday Workshops - Robogals from UQ are advertising for their next holiday sessions in June. Get in quick! (Grades 4+)
Robotronica 2017 - Robotronica is a groundbreaking one-day event showcasing the latest developments in robotics and interactive design. QUT's The Cube 20 August 2017 
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Brisbane Library Service has purchased the very flash NAO Robot and is showing it off in various libraries.
The Cube at QUT has a number of changing programs. 
Brisbane Planetarium - Features entertaining and informative shows for adults and children
STEAMPUNX - Not to be confused with the organisation above! Offers in-school and out of school workshop programs
Flying Fox Studios - A studio offering programs in the arts, music and construction areas from babies to teenagers in Brisbane
It's Rocket Science School Incursions - Educational and fully interactive project based rocket science incursions for primary and secondary schools in a safe and empowering learning environment.

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