The Royal Society of Queensland is keen to promote high quality education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). In this quest, we are collaborating with the Chief Scientist of Queensland and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE).
The three partners initiated development of a web portal that will offer access to a range of authoritative materials and current programs in science education in Queensland. This portal will be differentiated from a plain Internet search engine or the national educators’ site Scootle in that the materials will be arranged within a coherent pedagogical framework; they will be checked for consistency with the national curriculum; and they will be endorsed as of suitable quality. A STEM Education Portal Reference Group was established to oversee development of the portal. Development of the portal was subsequently transferred to the Office of the Chief Scientist of Australia who plans to launch it publicly early in 2017 as a national database. An update on current progress as at 17 November 2016 is available.
The workshop on 28 July 2015 at which this proposal arose was sponsored by the Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
The workshop was conceived after reviewing a mapping exercise conducted by the Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist. Their website references a wide range of STEM activities and resources, including the list of mapped projects.
We have been delighted to have the support of Education Queensland, Catholic and Independent Schools, the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority and QUT.
STEM EDUCATION BRAINSTORM 28 JULY 2015
We invited those identified as Queensland-based project leaders and opinion leaders to join in a workshop to present the findings of their own STEM activity or experience; and to discuss the implications for STEM education generally in Queensland. The primary tangible outcome was the web portal, as well as the publication of thoughtful presentations that all participants and the wider education community can use in their own policy and advocacy.
TEACHER PREPARATION BRAINSTORM ON 17 NOVEMBER 2016
A workshop was convened on 17 November 2016 with the venue again sponsored by QUT. It focused on the preparation that undergraduates in education faculties receive for inspiring their future students about science, including for conducting excursions outdoors. For further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
A summary of the presentations by the speakers is now available.
Discussion and supporting presentations
A compilation of general discussion including later reflections will be posted here shortly.
Lauren Stephenson of the Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist briefed the meeting on progress on the web portal (see above for background).