Successful Students – STEM Program | Partner programs

Partner programs

The Geelong STEM Teacher Network (Secondary

BioLab

Hosted by BioLab
Victorian Bioscience Education Centre
Rotherham Street
Belmont, Victoria

www.biolab.vic.edu.au

Objectives:

  • Build teacher capability in the teaching of STEM programs in schools consistent with State and/or National standards
  • Enable teachers to master new content and pedagogy and to integrate these into their practice
  • Increase student participation and attainment in STEM related education, training and career pathways
  • Raise awareness of the importance of STEM for future employment and economic prosperity

The network of teachers will meet once or twice a term to share teaching hints and resources, participate in Professional Learning activities, and generally spotlight STEM teaching approaches.

Each meeting will centre on a STEM theme relevant to a variety of subjects and year levels. Themes for 2015 to 2017 include:

  • Students collecting and using real data
  • Challenging students with Design Based Learning
  • Training students to use appropriate tools strategically
  • Engaging students in developing 21st Century contexts
  • Using student created diagrams and representations in concept development
  • Encouraging students to use evidence to justify decisions or construct viable arguments.
Network activities
2016 Dates Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4
Main meeting 17th February 4th May 3rd August 26th October
Theme Problem Based Learning Training Students to use tools strategically Engaging students in developing 21st Century Contexts Using student created diagrams and representations in concept development
Follow up meeting (if required) 17th March at CADET, Deakin Waurn Ponds 9th June 8th September 1st December

Term 2 Network Meeting

The Skilling the Bay project -Successful Students – STEM Program will be organising a Geelong STEM teacher network (secondary) meeting at BioLAB in week 3 of term 1, Wednesday, 4th May, 2016.

Meeting Theme – Training students to use appropriate tools strategically

There will also be an opportunity to share classroom learning strategies, and explore a BioLAB project that relates to Design Based Learning.

What: Geelong STEM Teacher Network meeting (Secondary)

Where: BioLAB, Rotherham Street, Belmont

When: 4:00 pm, Wednesday, 4th May, 2016

Follow up meeting, if required, is scheduled for 9th June, 2016.

ReMSTEP

remstep.org.au

Reconceptualising Maths and Science Teacher Education Programs (ReMSTEP), has been set up by a consortium of universities in recognition of the need for improved competence and confidence in the teaching of science and mathematics across the Australian Curriculum. It will have a special focus on pre-service teachers, by creating programs where undergraduate STEM students and these pre-service teachers work collaboratively across faculties and specialist centres to create new materials, units of study and expertise in inquiry-based classroom practices. ReMSTEP plans to work with secondary teachers and schools to trial these classroom materials and further refine them for general use.

ReMSTEPs project activities are centred around developing new teacher education practices that align contemporary approaches to STEM with engaging teaching and learning.