STEM X Academy
The STEM X Academy is a five-day residential teacher professional learning program open to Australian teachers across all sectors and levels of experience. Held in Canberra from 8-13 January 2017, STEM X Academy is run in partnership with the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA), Questacon and CSIRO.
It doesn’t matter if you have been in the classroom one year or twenty, if you come from a rural/remote area or an urban area – STEM X does something else no other program does. Rather than providing you with a package of resources to use in the classroom, STEM X helps you to acquire the skills and confidence to design, develop and implement your own STEM-based teaching resources.
The main focus of the program is the development of hands-on, enquiry-based lessons and activities using available materials, and adapting activities using methods to suit your classroom. Science in the 21st century does not work in isolation and STEM X believes neither should teachers. As scientific inquiry becomes more collaborative, multidisciplinary and engaged with pressing real-world challenges, STEM X helps teachers to connect their classrooms both to this broader framework of research activities and to each other. The outcome is a dynamic network that is sharing ideas, resources, experience, encouragement and engagement with innovative teaching tools that are relevant to the world of science today.
Teachers walk away with confidence, enthusiasm and ability to create high-quality classroom activities that tap new ideas in STEM, along with membership to an innovation community that can now more properly extend from research laboratories to the science classrooms of primary and secondary schools across Australia.
2017 will see a double intake of teachers participating in two concurrent residential programs – one for secondary teachers and the other for primary teachers.
Successful applicants will be asked to make a one-off minimal contribution towards covering flights, accommodation, meals and transport. A number of STEM X Academy scholarships are available, thanks to the generous support from a range of sponsors and partners.
The highly appreciative feedback from participating teachers in 2016 reinforces the strength of the program: “STEM X has filled lots of gaps with up-to-date information on a range of science topics that as a primary teacher I don’t have in my background,” said Sandra Davey, of Graceville State School Queensland. “STEM X changes you as a teacher and puts you in touch with people who can help you throughout your teaching career,” stated Rosemary Anderson of New Norfolk High, Tasmania.