Tonsley Innovation Hub, 20 and 21 April
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What was the Concept? There are many benefits to the ACARA’s’s introduction of Digital Technologies Curriculum which sees students being introduced to a range of new ICT skills including computational thinking. Likewise, the focus on Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) in Education has the potential to benefit students’ capacity to better understand, advance and control technology over their lives and in the lives of others.
However, despite a desire to teach beyond the use of digital tools, the potential of these new approaches to curriculum is tempered by the lack of quality resources that enable students and teachers to build expertise in innovative processes that truly harness these tools. In particular, the key areas for improvement are in connecting students with collaborative, substantial projects with real-world end users; in the process, exposing them to authentic, community and industry focussed problems.
In partnership with The New Venture Institute, Flinders University and DECD, the STEMeD conference at Tonsley Innovation Hub on 20th and 21st April connected passionate, forward thinking educators with community minded business partners to create viable solutions to problems that matter and in the process built our collective innovation capacity.
What happened at the conference? Participants engaged with innovative industries to identify and define STEMeD problems before sprinting through a structured Design Thinking process to generate and pitch prototyped solutions. The problems, processes and solutions will be shared with the broader education community to enable students in every classroom in South Australia to engage with and ideate on genuine STEMeD and Digital Technologies problems that matter.
“I have NEVER been as focused and engaged in a T&D activity! Two full-on brain draining days that were just fantastic.”
Who was involved? We called on ‘invested educators’ to come together and create, update and develop real world STEMeD learning. Invited attendees worked with industry partners who
provided problems and coaching in developing innovative solutions to these problems. We upskilled educators in developing their skills and abilities to teach these critical areas. In addition, we created a network of like-minded people who are invested in improving students’ abilities to engage with the new, important and relevant technologies of today, tomorrow and the future.
“Thanks all for a wonderful, inspiring two days. Can’t wait to do it all again!”
What were the outcomes? The two days of the STEMeD conference focused on producing teaching materials that will then be provided to other schools akin to a ‘digitalSTEM in a Box’ concept.