gather to share sci­ence and maths ideas

Pilbara News - - News - Louise Alling­ham

More than 20 teach­ers from pri­mary and sec­ondary schools across the Pil­bara gath­ered last Fri­day night for the first STEM Pil­bara teach meet.

The meet saw teach­ers from Wick­ham, Bayn­ton West and Tam­brey pri­mary schools, and Pan­na­won­ica and Kar­ratha Se­nior High School present and share ideas about en­gag­ing stu­dents in sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and maths lessons and ac­tiv­i­ties.

Kar­ratha Se­nior High School sci­ence and maths teacher Dhiv Sri said the meet­ing aimed to bridge the gap between pri­mary and sec­ondary school.

“Let’s say I’m a teacher at a cer­tain school and I see you present and I go ‘I like that idea’ and I might use it in my class­room and vice versa,” he said.

“Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion is re­ally push­ing for STEM … in 2018 there is go­ing to be com­pul­sory STEM lessons and STEM classes, so it’s an op­por­tu­nity for teach­ers to re­ally gear up and be pre­pared for that.”

The meet­ing also aimed to bring to­gether the Pil­bara STEM net­work that formed in Novem­ber last year.

“Pan­na­won­ica started the STEM pro­gram and then we de­cided to get a group of mem­bers from each school and meet at cer­tain times to dis­cuss points and we thought we’d have our first teach meet,” Mr Sri said.

“We plan to have it every year and ideally it’s just to help teach­ers get some ideas.”

Teach­ers at the STEM Pil­bara teach meet. Pic­ture: Louise Alling­ham

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