ATSE's STEM education initiative

STELR: Bringing STEM to life in schools

Engaging school students with science, technology, engineering and maths – STEM

ATSE’s program — STELR (Science and Technology Education Leveraging Relevance) — works by tapping into the high level of concern that most students have about global warming, climate change and sustainability.

STELR modules for students from Year 5 to Year 10 include equipment, curriculum resources for classrooms, and teacher support. Teachers can access professional learning sessions as well as online and telephone support. Students learn about heat transfer by convection, conduction, and radiation together with the thermal properties of matter by building a miniature sustainable house. In other modules, they can build wind turbines or solar installations while learning about electric circuits and the transfer and transformation of energy.

The project was established by Dr Alan Finkel AC FAA FTSE FAHMS, former ATSE President and former Chief Scientist of Australia. STELR is currently running in more than 850 schools in Australia, New Zealand and Asia, with more than 100,000 students and 1500 teachers involved each year.

Hands-on STEM equipment

STELR is delivered in curriculum and incorporates inquiry learning that engages and challenges. There are STELR modules for: Sustainable Housing; Renewable Energy; Wind Energy; Electricity and Energy and Solar Cars and include equipment, curriculum resources and teacher support.

STELR equipment



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Shape Your Future webinars

STEM career journeys with Australia’s STEM stars. Join us as we give students across Australia the chance to hear from Australian scientists, engineers & technologists who are shaping the future through STEM. The series will showcase the diverse and dynamic journey’s  that these inspiring individuals have taken in their career journeys.

Shape Your Future webinars

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