The STELR Project is a key education initiative run by ATSE - and designed to improve STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) education across Australia.
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.
STELR aims to increase the number of students choosing to further their studies in the enabling sciences and mathematics. It achieves this by using contexts that are relevant to the students’ lives and concerns, for example climate change and sustainability – and showing them that science and mathematics are crucial to addressing this issue.
STELR produces interdisciplinary and problem-based modules that encourage deeper learning through real-world projects.
Students work in authentic ways - through projects, plans and presentations that mirror what they will be required to do in their careers and in further learning.
Students are encouraged to work independently and collaboratively. They learn the way scientists do - by asking questions that lead them to discover solutions to authentic and complex problems.
STELR uses a hands-on, inquiry-based pedagogy. STELR modules can be adapted to utilise in-demand technologies such as coding, robotics and data analysis.
STELR also provides career profiles via a range of media platforms that show students what is involved in STEM careers and the study pathways needed to enter these careers.
STELR uses contexts that are relevant and engaging to students such as:
STELR also incorporates the cross-curriculum priorities of Australia’s National Curriculum:
STELR is intended to be taught as a part of the regular school program rather than just being an extra-curricular or elective program that appeals to the ‘already converted’. To do this, it must be applicable to the national and individual state requirements. Teachers are shown how STELR activities apply to the Science, Mathematics, Design and Technology and Digital Technologies.
STELR is inquiry-based and student-centred. STELR provides support and training, acknowledging that many teachers are teaching ‘out-of-field’.
STELR provides (sells) sets of purpose-built Australian-designed and manufactured equipment
STELR lessons are available in web-based format delivered by long-term partner Stile Education. The Stile content delivery system operates on all systems – iPad, Android, PC, smart phones etc.
STELR content including teacher support materials is re-written to suit the on-line format. Teachers are able to fully edit the content and activities to suit their class’s needs and interests and their own expertise. They can also keep the up-to-date by embedding the latest news and discoveries.
iSTELR facilitates implementation of the ‘flipped classroom’ where students watch videos and complete assignments at home and then carry out higher order cognitive tasks in the classroom.
Students can upload videos, photos and whole multimedia projects. Teachers can track student submissions in real time and keep records.
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