Sci­ence pro­grams to STEM brain drain

Pilbara News - - Education - Louise Alling­ham

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.”

Pic­ture: Steve Grant Pho­tog­ra­phy

Scitech’s pro­fes­sional learn­ing con­sul­tant Steve Grant with Kar­ratha Se­nior High School stu­dents.

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