Primary Connections makes STEM connection

December 12, 2017

The Academy recently hosted a Primary Connections showcase professional learning workshop at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). This was the first workshop of its type, with key stakeholders in STEM education observing part of the workshop and engaging with the 30 primary school educators in attendance.

Primary Connections is an innovative approach to teaching and learning which enhances primary school teachers’ confidence and competence for teaching science. It develops students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in both science and literacy.

The 12 stakeholders at the workshop included representatives of the University of Queensland, QUT, Griffith University, the Queensland Government and Independent Schools Queensland. Professor Srini Srinivasan, a member of the Academy’s Council, and Academy Chief Executive Anna-Maria Arabia also attended.

Throughout the workshop educators considered STEM education in their contexts and delved deeper into the synergies between science and design and technologies.

The event provided a valuable opportunity to discuss the future of primary school STEM teaching and learning.

The learning space, generously provided by QUT, is innovative and inspiring. The Cube is one of the world's largest digital interactive learning spaces dedicated to providing an explorative experience of QUT's science and engineering research.

The Academy gained a great deal in hosting this diverse group interested in primary education. 

Woman dangling made-up parachute over a balcony (left) and two women working on a learning exercise (right)
Queensland educators and STEM education stakeholders found the event a valuable opportunity to discuss the future of primary school STEM teaching and learning.

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