Science programs to STEM brain drain
As the school year begins, Scitech will be starting its teacher support program at primary and high schools across the Pilbara.
The program is aimed at getting students better engaged in science education.
“Our professional learning team will go to schools and deliver resources, lessons and workshops to teachers to really get them better resourced and better engaged with STEM, which is science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” Scitech’s excitement co-ordinator, Morgan Riley said.
The program has been running in Pilbara schools for three years.
Baynton West Primary School principal Lisa Leger said the program had been well received in the past.
“The program is a great way to get teachers really ready to take that approach on teaching STEM, and it’s all in line with the Australian curriculum,” she said.
“It’s a fun way to introduce science not only to students, but to staff as well.”
Mr Riley believes the program is encouraging teachers to stay in the Pilbara for the long term.
“One of the issues is teacher attrition; teachers will stay up there for a year or two and then move back down to the city,” he said.
“They’ll actually stay up there longer (now) because they feel like they’ve the resources and the access to teach at a higher level.”
Scitech’s professional learning consultant Steve Grant with Karratha Senior High School students.