16 Mar 2018
The STEM X (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics Exchange) Academy is a five-day residential professional learning program for primary and secondary teachers (total of 70) of science developed in partnership between Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre, CSIRO and the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) to address the national need for improving teacher and student STEM skills and content knowledge.
The program is doing something no other program does. Rather than just providing teachers with a package of resources to use in the classroom, it is helping them to acquire the skills and confidence to design, develop and implement their own teaching resources.
STEM X Academy does this by partnering teachers with skilled educators from Questacon and CSIRO and expert researchers to collaborate on projects across the five days. This fosters the building of relationships between teachers, schools and the STEM Industry.
The vision for STEM X Academy teachers is to be inspired by research, foster innovation in the classroom, act as a catalyst for change and remain connected creating a national community of practice. Strong evidence exists to suggest that all these objectives are being fulfilled.
2018 STEM X Academy Rowe Scientific Pty Ltd Scholarship Winners:
Queensland: Hayley Laidlow, Osborne State School, Home Hill Qld
New South Wales: Nadia Hagberg, St. Bridgets College, Lake Munmorah, NSW
ACT: Bronwyn Stanbury, Radford College, Bruce, ACT
Victoria: Wendy Rowe, Greenvale Primary School, Greenvale, VIC
Tasmania: Michael van der Ploeg, Table Cape Primary, Wynyard, TAS
South Australia: Chad Gramola, Mt Compass Area School, Mt Compass, SA
Western Australia: Sue Webber, Kalgoorlie Boulder Community HS, WA
Northern Territory: Sophie McConnell, Darwin High School, Darwin, NT