DEC Scan Journal : Volume 36 Issue 1
2017 Volume 36, Issue 1 13 Contents Editorial Learning & teaching Research Share this Resource reviews Students collaboratively created, shared and tested their prototypes Their project had an authentic audience which culminated in the successful school STEM Firestorm Project showcase with the attendance of NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner and community members. It was interesting to hear how there was a dramatic shift in pedagogical change. Particularly relevant was the underlying notion that working mathematically, working scientifically and working technologically are natural and essential components of authentic STEM learning. It highlighted student ownership over their learning – they supported and critically observed other students, and made real connections with their learning. It was evident that students are confident and articulate, can demonstrate deep knowledge and can make strong connections between concepts. Most importantly, the engagement and excitement in learning was at the forefront through this STEM initiative. Feedback from conference attendees included: The Firestorm project was relevant to the local community and students had produced amazing results. Technology was used wisely by students in innovative ways – not just gadgets for the sake of gadgets. Teachers had drawn on community experts to be involved and the end results were astounding. Where to from here? The application of quality, effective learning experiences within the STEM disciplines of science, technology, mathematics and engineering and the empowerment of teachers to design, implement and evaluate innovative practice targeting student needs is critical to ensuring successful and sustainable STEM learning in our schools. It is about engaging and equipping students and embracing new technologies to support 21st century learning in real and authentic contexts. authentic STEM lear ning ... highlighted student ownership over their lear ning References and further reading Education Council (COAG) 2015, National STEM School Education Strategy 2016-2026. A comprehensive plan for science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in Australia, accessed 28 February 2017. Hopkins, C. 2016, ‘Learning creatively with STEM’, Scan, vol. 35, no.4, pp 17-19, accessed 28 February 2017. The STEM education advisory team 2016, ‘STEM education: the story so far’, Scan, vol. 35, no. 2, pp 5-10, accessed 28 February 2017. NSW Department of Education 2016, STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics, accessed 28 February 2017.
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