Unis collaborate to inspire science and mathematics education

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High School students participating in STEM research for SCU-lead ISME project

We know we’re not alone in believing that arming teachers with the skills and resources they need to encourage more students to engage with science and maths subjects in high school is key to supporting the nation’s STEM skill pipeline into the workforce.

How to do this effectively in the 21st Century is where universities play an important role. It’s great to see AARNet member universities joining forces, playing to their strengths and working with schools and teachers to develop digital content and innovative accessible web-based ways of delivering the curriculum.

Inspiring Science & Mathematics Education (iSME) Project

The Inspiring Science & Mathematics Education (iSME) project, for example, is a collaboration between Southern Cross University, the University of Wollongong, Charles Darwin University and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE). iSME is funded in part by the Australian Government’s Department of Education’s Australian Maths and Science Partnerships Program.

The project, led by Southern Cross University, is all about enhancing teaching and learning of the science and maths curriculum in Years 7 to 10. iSME is using the expertise of Science, Engineering and Education faculties at the participating Universities and other research institutions to develop multidisciplinary modules. These modules will include hands-on, inquiry-based multimedia science and mathematics activities supported by background information and career profiles of recent graduates working in the relevant industries.

ISME modules will be delivered through a web-based platform and designed with the inexperienced teacher and a diverse range of students in mind.

All Australian schools will ultimately benefit. The modules will be trialled at schools nominated by each participating university (trials are already underway in four high schools in Lismore NSW) and made available to all secondary schools around Australia through ATSE’s STELR website. The STELR science teaching program already offers teachers a range of inquiry-based hands-on modules covering topics such as Renewable Energy, Global Warming, Solar Car Challenge and Sustainable Housing among others.


Contact iSME for more information about the project and becoming a trial school.

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