Today I was fortunate to attend the first SCS STEM Symposium. The day was filled with engaging speakers and a variety of school showcasing how they are implementing STEM into their classrooms.
The day began with keynote speaker Felicity Furey.
Felicity Furey is an award-winning inspirational speaker, entrepreneur and engineers passionate about diversity. As a founder of two social enterprises, Felicity has shifted the perception of engineering with thousands of young people and companies. The following were the key takeaways from her presentation:
The skills we need for jobs in the future are:
Complex problem solving
Websites with STEM Ideas
We need to create a Stem Mindset that focuses upon:
Be Logical -
Be Creative - a problem solver
Be Human centred
It’s not just what you know, it how you THINK!
The second presenter for the day was Shelley Waldon.
Shelly Waldon is a Project officer at the Science and Innovation Catholic Education in Melbourne. The following were the key takeaways from her presentation:
Professional Reading - Making it Real: Genuine Human encounter in our digital world by social justice statement from the Australian Bishop’s
We need to balance the knowledge and capabilities
Maths is the underpinning to all of the STEM careers in the future
What is STEM;
Science - big ideas and concepts about everything
Technology - enabling Learning
Engineering - designing and creating solutions
Mathematics - Patterns, data collection and manipulations
Deep Dive into STEM: Workshops
The next two sessions focused upon four workshops which ran concurrently in Session 1 and then be repeated in Session 2. I had the opportunity to participate in the following two workshops: The Aviation Collaboration and STEM Design Challenge
The Aviation Collaboration by Sacred Heart Primary School, Cabramatta & Patrician Brothers, Fairfield. Presented by Trevor Williams & Josh Bryers
This Aviation Project provided an opportunity for Year 6 students at Sacred Heart, Cabramatta, to work in partnership with Year 9 students from Patrician Brothers, Fairfield. The Year 6 students engaged in a project-based activity based on the principles of STEM whilst being guided by their Year 9 mentors. This presentation unpacked the project, highlighting the successes and failures with first-hand experiences shared by some of the students involved.
STEM Design Challenge presented by SCS STEM Team Members
This hands-on workshop took participants through a STEM design challenge and provided
the skills to implement an exciting and rigorous STEM inquiry in the classroom. During this session we had to complete an ideation on the problems with plastic experienced at our school. This was an engaging session, which focused upon the new SCS Statement on STEM document thinking and processes.
A fantastic day filled with a range of engaging speakers and exciting projects showcasing the diversity of how we can promote STEM in the classroom through integration.