Past Programs

STEM Academy 2015 program

The STEM Academy program was held on the 22nd to the 25th of November at the University of Sydney. 70 teachers representing 12 schools across Sydney and the Wagga Wagga region of NSW participated in the program and learned new skills, shared ideas and forged new over the course of three days.

On the 23rd of November, teachers attended discipline group-based sessions to learn about new approaches to teaching science, mathematics, technology and engineering. The day concluded with a visit to the newly opened Sydney Nanoscience Hub, with presentations from three PhD students at the School of Physics, who talked about the breakthroughs in their research in the field of photonics, medical physics and quantum physics. The teachers toured the nanoscience hub and learnt about its state of the art technologies and equipment that position it as the leading nanoscience research facility in Australia.

On the second day, teachers listened to presentations of other schools implementing STEM projects. Ravenswood School for Girls, one of the STEM Academy 2014 partner schools, shared their experience in integrating the three key learning areas. The day was capped off with a trip to the Charles Perkins Centre, the University’s multidisciplinary research hub tackling obesity and nutrition. The teachers also met Professor Jennie Brand-Miller, also known as GI Jennie, the main proponent of the Glycaemic Index.

Finally on Day 3, teachers were given an opportunity to work with their school teams and develop their STEM school projects. From then, the teachers returned to their schools to apply some of what they learned in November: they have all begun an in-class change project, which will have been carried in Terms 1 and 2 of 2017. During this period, teachers will implement their innovation, evaluate it, and collect samples of students’ work or assessments, with the guidance of the STEM mentor team.

On 26th and 27th May 2016 the teachers will gather once again for a final two-day program to share their experiences, plan next steps and create hubs of expertise within and across schools. The Graduation Ceremony on the 26th will be the highlight of the May session.