'Science and Technology Education Leveraging Relevance'
The STELR* Project is a national secondary school science education initiative of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).
The STELR Program is a hands-on, inquiry-based, in-curriculum program designed for Year 9 or Year 10 students, on the theme of global warming and renewable energy. A range of directed and student-designed practical investigations are an integral part of the program. STELR operates within the curriculum so that all students at the year level participate in the program, not just selected students. It is our aspiration that ultimately all Australian students, including students who live in remote areas, will have the opportunity to participate in the STELR program.
Why did ATSE develop the STELR Project?
Research shows that many secondary school students view the enabling sciences and mathematics as having no relevance to their lives. The consequence of this perception is that many students drop out of these subjects as soon as possible.
The STELR Project was developed to address the decreasing number of students choosing to further their studies in the enabling sciences and mathematics. It achieves this by focusing on one of the key issues of our time, an issue that most students are very concerned about – global warming – and showing them that science and mathematics are crucial to addressing this issue.
The STELR Project also aims to
The ATSE STELR Project
- Improve the level of science literacy and understanding in the community;
- Raise awareness of opportunities in technology-related careers;
- Prepare students to engage with science ideas and be knowledgeable about the way science and scientists work;
- Increase the number of students choosing science and engineering careers to address the shortage of science and engineering graduates; and
- Improve the quality of science classroom teaching practice.
- STELR is an exciting curriculum program that addresses the problem of low participation rates in Australia in science and mathematics subjects at the upper secondary school level by relating these subjects to highly relevant issues affecting all students
- The main theme of the STELR program is renewable energy. This taps into the concern many students have about global warming and climate change and their understanding that renewable energy technologies can play a key role in reducing global warming
- STELR is a 6-to-10 week curriculum package involving inquiry-based activities. It engages students through investigations into global warming, climate change and renewable energy resources, with a special focus on solar cells and wind turbines
- STELR Chemistry and Sustainability curriculum packages are also available digitally
- STELR operates within the curriculum. It is designed for Years 9 or 10 students and intended for delivery to all students in the year level. New units are being developed
- STELR is now a commercial program; schools are required to pay for curriculum materials, equipment and training. There are a limited number of generous subsidies available for disadvantaged and remote schools. Find out what STELR provides.
Visit the official STELR website
to learn more.
Make enquiries with the STELR Project Manager