The residential program is the signature program of the STEM X Academy.
The main focus of the program is the development of hands-on, enquiry-based lessons and activities using available materials, and adapting activities using methods to suit your classroom. Science in the 21st century does not work in isolation and STEM X believes neither should teachers. As scientific inquiry becomes more collaborative, multidisciplinary, and engaged with pressing real-world challenges, STEM X helps teachers to connect their classrooms both to this broader framework of research activities and to each other. The outcome is a dynamic network that is sharing ideas, resources, experience, encouragement and engagement with innovative teaching tools that are relevant to the world of science today.
Teachers walk away with confidence, enthusiasm and the ability to create high-quality classroom activities that tap new ideas in STEM, along with membership of an innovative community that can extend from research laboratories to the science classrooms of primary and secondary schools across Australia.
Successful applicants will be asked to make a one-off minimal contribution towards covering flights, accommodation, meals and transport. A number of STEM X Academy scholarships are also available, thanks to the generous support of a range of sponsors and partners.
The highly appreciative feedback from participating teachers in 2016 reinforces the strength of the program: “STEM X has filled lots of gaps with up-to-date information on a range of science topics that as a primary teacher I don’t have in my background,” said Sandra Davey, of Graceville State School Queensland. “STEM X changes you as a teacher and puts you in touch with people who can help you throughout your teaching career,” stated Rosemary Anderson of New Norfolk High, Tasmania.