Embracing all STEM strands
It is the Young Scientist Committee’s desire that teachers and school departments provide opportunities for students to work on STEM projects that embrace skills from each of the Working Scientifically, Working Technologically and Working Mathematically strands. By embracing these foundational skills of our current technological age, students will be better equipped to think critically and solve problems. To encourage student involvement in applying the different processes of Working Scientifically, Technologically and Mathematically, the STANSW Young Scientist Awards offers 41 sponsored prizes that award achievement in both specific skills and in general skills that encompass all three strands. We also have specific Category Awards that are sponsored by the Professional Teaching Association that is responsible for that area of STEM.
The Institute of Industrial Arts Technology Education is the professional body sponsoring the IIATE Innovations and Engineering Design Awards, the major category awards in the Working Technologically category. IIATE is offering 6 secondary prizes to the projects that best meet the Working Technologically outcomes. Visit the IIATE Innovations and Engineering Design Awards page to get specific details about these awards.
In 2018 we are pleased to announce a new sponsor for the Primary Working Technologically category. OSHClub is a major provider of after school hours care and will be offering 6 primary prizes in the OSHClub Inventions and Innovation Awards to primary projects that will be assessed on the level of the Working Technologically outcomes that have been achieved.
The Benefits of Working Technologically?
Active engagement in the processes of Working Technologically increases a student’s capacity to solve problems and generate ideas in a society driven by rapid technological change,
“When applying the processes of Working Technologically, students actively engage with real world situations and use technology skills, knowledge and understanding to create solutions for themselves and others. They creatively and competently use a range of materials, tools, equipment and techniques to produce solutions relevant to their world.” Year K-6 Rationale excerpt from Science K–10 (incorporating Science and Technology K–6) Syllabus
The Processes of Working Technologically
The Working Technologically processes adopted in the IIATE Models and Innovation Awards are based on the Designing and Producing K-12 documentation prepared by the NSW Department of Education and Communities and :
- exploring and defining the task
- generating and developing ideas
- producing solutions
- planning and managing
- evaluating and testing
These processes are at the centre of learning and teaching in Technology. It is the level of coverage of these processes that determines the quality of an innovative device or application submitted into the Working Technologically category. For further guidance, visit the OshClub Inventions and Innovations page or the Secondary Innovations and Engineering Design Awards page where these processes are broken down and explained further.