Over 1400 schoolgirls and 80 teachers headed to Melbourne’s iconic Luna Park on 22 November 2018 to participate in the inaugural AIR4 initiative, which aims to encourage young women to see the value in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).
Two science teachers have been recognised for their hard work and dedication in promoting the field among students and teachers at their schools, as part of the 2018 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science awards.
Students from four Cairns high schools were given the opportunity to learn how Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) can be applied in the natural setting of the Daintree Rainforest Observatory, one of three major research stations run by James Cook University.
Around 90 STEM professionals and a further 50 Members of Parliament visited classrooms around the nation as part of Australia’s largest volunteer STEM education program.
With a new Science and Technology syllabus for K-6, and new syllabuses for Technology for Years 7 and 8 being implemented in New South Wales in 2019, the NSW Education Standards Authority discusses what the changes mean for both educators and students.
The first of 200 transformations of primary school classrooms into science laboratories has been completed as part of the Western Australian Government’s $17 million Science in Schools program.
Belmont Primary School, which is the first to reveal its new science laboratory, also received $25,000 to purchase laboratory equipment.
“Our focus on science in schools means more students across the state can take part in new learning experiences in a well-equipped, contemporary science lab, and teachers have more resources to plan hands-on activities,” said Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery.
The Science in Schools program will involve 200 public primary schools from across the state, selected based on their plans to grow and improve science education to skill students for the jobs of the future.
A total of 100 schools were allocated funding in the first round, with half of the allocated schools in low socio-economic areas.
“The generic skills students will learn in these new labs are vital for their future job prospects and for the state’s future economy,” added Minister Ellery.
From 24 July 2018, public primary schools can express their interest in the second round, which will see another 100 science laboratories delivered from 2020. . Expressions of interest will close on 17 August 2018.