STEM X Regional Workshops
STEM X Academy Regional Workshops are FREE two-day professional learning programs for primary and secondary teachers 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 teachers' and students' STEM skills and knowledge. These workshops are free and open to Australian primary and secondary science/STEM teachers.
The inaugural STEM X Academy, a five-day residential program based in Canberra, debuted in January 2016. This program was a huge success with strong feedback from participants attesting to this fact. The demand for this type of professional development continues to grow, and is articulated in the increasing numbers of people who have applied for the 2018 STEM X Academy. With only limited places available, we had to rethink how best we could satisfy the professional development needs of more educators. STEM X Regional aims to further the spread of STEM X, to reach more teachers and empower their teaching held in different regions in Australia.
In December 2016, we trialled our very first Regional Workshop, held in Townsville. Nearly 70 participants travelled to James Cook University to participate. Since then, another five workshops have been run with two in the Northern Territory, one in Condobolin, New South Wales, continuing to address the need for STEM professional development in our regions.
In April 2018 two more Regional Workshops were held. The first was in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia from 16-17 April at the Western Australia School of Mines. The second was in Albany, Western Australia, from 19-20 April at Great Southern Grammar School. This PD is FREE and was delivered by the CSIRO, with the opportunity just by taking part to become alumni of one of the most exclusive STEM teacher professional communities in Australia.
STEM X Regional Workshops for 2019
Tasmania is the destination for the next two STEM X Regional Workshops. From 27-28 September Bayview College in Hobart will be hosting the first event. This two day workshop delivered by CSIRO education experts is free and open to primary and secondary science teachers.
From 30 September-1 October Burnie High School will be hosting the second event. This two day workshop delivered by CSIRO education experts is free and open to primary and secondary science teachers.