Practical Steps to STE(A)M for Primary & Secondary Teachers
An Introduction to the Digital Technologies Curriculum
In the workshop participants will both experience hands-on practical STE(A)M activities and will be taken through a step by step process to plan STE(A)M units using the State’s Design and Technology Curriculum.
This updated version was run for the students and teachers of the Bendigo TECH school and they raved about how much they learned and understood afterwards about implementing design thinking and the Technologies curriculum into their schools.
Flow of the Workshop
The Importance of STE(A)M and Design Thinking
The day will begin with an introduction to the world we are preparing students for. Through videos and discussions teachers will explore and identify the skills, dispositions and knowledge needed to operate successfully in a fast changing global landscape. With this background as a springboard, participants will then explore and discuss the importance of STE(A)M, design thinking and the design process, and experience a short hands-on activity where they have to use design thinking to solve a problem.
In this session participants will experience a hands-on STE(A)M challenge. The intention is to highlight the importance of collaboration, the iterative nature of the design thinking process and the role teachers as facilitators. Participants will gain clarity about what elements lead to authentic, engaging STE(A)M activities and what approaches and models work and why.
Planning with Design and Technology Curriculum
This part of the day will be about exploring what you could do differently and simply in your curriculum and what changes you could make to address the Technologies Curriculum. It will address the common teacher belief that STE(A)M is an extra add on and show you how to authentically adapt what you are already doing to address the curriculum requirements. Teachers will have an opportunity to plan against the Technologies Curriculum and leave with a raft of ideas of how they can begin to infuse it into the current school curriculum.
Dr Adrian Bertolini
Adrian is the Founder & Director of Learning of Intuyu Consulting. He is one of Australia’s foremost thought leaders on practical and real education that empowers and develops resilient, independent learners. Whilst his journey began as an engineer and Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering at RMIT University, Adrian has worked across Australia, with students and teachers in primary, secondary and tertiary environments, to create authentic learning structures and experiences. He redeveloped the ruMAD? (aRe yoU Making A Difference) program for the Education Foundation and it is now acknowledged as one of the pre-eminent inquiry-based learning models in the country.