DATTA Vic is currently collating a list of STEM resources to share with our members. If you have any STEM lesson plans, project ideas, websites or articles that could help your colleagues, send them to Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll add them to the list!
STEM Letter to Principals
DATTA Vic have written a letter to your principals which addresses several critical areas for Design and Technology subjects and teachers by helping Principals and schools achieve their own goals - particularly in STEM. This letter;
- advocates for Design and Technology related subjects to become key STEM delivery areas in schools
- promotes Project-Based Learning using the design process model
- highlights the importance of Design and Technology subjects and creative problem solving skills for future careers and economies
- recommends technician appointment in all schools that deliver Design and Technology-related subjects
- illustrates the benefits of becoming and remaining a member of DATTA Vic
All you need to do is print it and deliver it to your principal! Click HERE to download it.
Click HERE for the VEX Robotics Australia blog. If your school is interested in the VEX program, contact Laura at email@example.com
Check out our Robotics Page for a wide range of STEM teaching resources
Lesson Plans & Project Ideas
Sounds Like - a Primary STEM Resource
DATTA Vic and Discovery Science & Technology Centre Bendigo collaborated on Sounds Like - a Primary STEM Project which is based on sound and music.
Click HERE to download the lesson plan, complete with extension activities.
Thanks to the DET for support for this program through their Strategic Partnerships Program funding.
Thanks to Kangaroo Flat Primary School (pictured) and Ben Fiegert for their invaluable help trialling Sounds Like.
Electric Car STEM Unit of Work
Thanks to Stuart Hensely from Ave Maria College for sharing this fantastic STEM unit of work on designing and building electric cars.
In April 2016, DATTA Vic ran a STEM Brainstorming Day. Primary and Secondary Teachers came from throughout Victoria. As well as sharing their own experiences, they collaborated on new cross-curricular project ideas, which were benchmarked to the new Science, Maths and Design & Technologies curricula. Here they are:
The D.E.T's VicSTEM website brings together a range of STEM resources, activities and programs, helping teachers, students and their families access the information and services they need.
ACARA's STEM Connections
ACARA’s STEM Connections project aimed at investigating a cross-disciplinary approach to the teaching of STEM disciplines. In collaboration with the Australian Association of Mathematics teachers, ACARA supported 13 schools from around the country to develop an integrated STEM project that had its basis in the real world and incorporated the Australian Curriculum learning areas of Mathematics, Science and Technologies.
Check out their website for some examples of the fantastic projects that they ran.
The Regional STEM Centre, Wodonga
The Regional STEM Centre in Wodonga aims to provide young people in North Eastern Victoria with the knowledge, skills, experience and opportunities to embrace STEM. They run a wide range of student and teacher programs.The James Dyson Foundation have published some great interviews with some of their female engineers HERE
DATTA Vic have a wide range of STEM resources available for teachers:
iSTEM - ME Program - some great STEM resources from BORSTES, the Board of Studies Teaching & Educational Standards NSW
STEM Magazine - a monthly, not-for-profit magazine for teachers, students and their families.
STEMWORKS - a website with a range of fun, hands-on STEM activities
Engineering the Future - the Educator's Guide to Building & Construction
The James Dyson Foundation has a wonderful range of resources, projects and challenges for both Primary and Secondary schools on design engineering
ABC Splash - Robotics - a great collection of robotics videos for schools
Technology Education - STEM Resources - a site from the US with a range of STEM resources & teaching tools for all levels
Makers' Space - a space where makers in schools can share. Great information on starting a STEAM program in your school, and a useful guide to setting up a makerpace
Sew Electric - a great Wearable Technologies website with simple project guides