Category: STEAM Education

Call for Specialist STEM Teachers from Primary Up

It’s time for schools in Australia “to take engineering seriously,” according to Professor Elizabeth Croft, Dean of Engineering, and Professor John Loughran, Executive Dean of Education, at Monash University.

It’s time for schools in Australia “to take engineering seriously,” according to Professor Elizabeth Croft, Dean of Engineering, and Professor John Loughran, Executive Dean of Education, at Monash University.

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New HSC Maths Course to Keep 100 Percent of Students in the Subject

The New South Wales government will roll out a new mathematics course to try to keep all students in the subject until the end of school.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Education Minister Rob Stokes on Monday announced a plan to equip students with necessary life skills or encourage them into a STEM career.

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University Funding Could be Tied to Maths and Science Teaching Push

Education minister Simon Birmingham signals government could use funding to address falling numbers in school maths and science

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The federal government could use funding agreements with Australian universities to force them to make science and maths a priority in teaching degrees. continue reading

Australia’s Automotive Engineering Graduates get a $5 Million Boost

Despite car manufacturing moving overseas, Australia’s automotive industry isn’t dead yet. The Federal Government announced it will invest $5 million in upskilling engineering graduates to focus on the future of transport.

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Last week the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews launched the Automotive Engineering Graduate Program, designed to ensure Australia’s automotive sector has a steady stream of talent. continue reading

Parents See Tech as Beneficial to Education

A new survey of more than 1,000 parents of students aged 17 or younger found that technology is viewed largely in a positive light, at least when it’s used in schools as part of a child’s education.

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James and Oliver Build a Coding Wand

Remember James and Oliver Phelps? They played the Weasley twins in the Harry Potter movies and they are unboxing and making their own coding wand with the Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit Build a wand, learn to code, make magic on a screen, with a wave, twist, and twirl.  

How LittleBits Toys Encourage STEM Exploration

Ayah Bdeir, littleBits founder and chief executive officer, explains how the company’s toys encourage stem exploration. She speaks with Bloomberg’s Emily Chang on “Bloomberg Technology.” (Source: Bloomberg)

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The state of women in computer science

Top colleges boast about reaching gender parity in ‘intro to computer science’ courses. But very few of those women go on to graduate with a CS degree. Here’s why.

The classrooms at Georgia Tech, among the laptops and notebooks and lines of code, senior computer science major Marguerite Murrell likes to play a game she’s dubbed “Count the Girls.”

“If I can keep it under two hands, then I win,” Murrell said. “There are certainly some girls, probably more than some other computer science programs in the nation. But it’s a lot of guys.”

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Chief scientist’s term extended a further two years

The Australian Government has extended Dr Alan Finkel’s term as Australia’s Chief Scientist for a further two years to the end of 2020.

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It’s time for schools to take engineering seriously

As the Morandi Bridge collapse in Genoa demonstrated, ageing infrastructure is an alarming problem facing the developed world.

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We need engineers to maintain this infrastructure, largely built in the post-war period and coming to the end of their design lifespans. At the same time, cities are racing to build urgently needed infrastructure to accommodate rapidly growing urban populations. continue reading