STEM Professional Teacher Associations collaborate to promote inquiry learning
The Young Scientist committee is very pleased to announce a major STEM initiative that should inspire inquiry-based learning in Science, Technology, Engineering Studies and Maths classes across New South Wales.
In an unprecedented move, the respective professional teacher associations that represent STEM education in NSW have collaborated together with the common purpose of building a better Australia by engaging students in the whole Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Enterprise.
From 2016, the restructured STANSW Young Scientist Awards will now feature the categories Working Scientifically, Working Technologically and Working Mathematically. The number of committed prizes have also dramatically increased from 86 in 2015 to at least 127 in 2016 (see diagram below).
Students will STILL be requested to conduct a scientific investigation and/or design and build a model of an innovative device or application.
For the Science Teachers’ Association of New South Wales Inc‘s “STANSW Scientific Investigation Awards”, projects will be assessed on the level of Working Scientifically outcomes that have been achieved.
For the Institute of Industrial Arts Technology Education‘s “IIATE Models and Innovation Awards”, projects will be assessed on the level of the Working Technologically outcomes that have been achieved.
For the Mathematical Association of NSW Inc‘s “MANSW Working Mathematically Awards”, projects will be assessed on the extent that the investigation or innovation incorporates the interrelated components of Working Mathematically.
STANSW, IIATE and MANSW are all keen to be involved in this major STEM initiative and are desirous that students get involved in a project that achieves outcomes across each Working Scientifically, Working Technologically & Working Mathematically strand.