Rapid eval­u­a­tion of ideas

The Australian Education Reporter - - DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY -

STAND­OUT STEM projects go be­yond en­gag­ing stu­dents with great tech­nol­ogy.

Qual­ity STEM projects put the process of mak­ing and eval­u­at­ing at the cen­tre of the stu­dent ex­pe­ri­ence, which takes them be­yond en­quiry – from look­ing at how the world is, to won­der­ing how the world could be.

The qual­ity and use­ful­ness of the mak­ing process in stu­dent learn­ing is a key in­di­ca­tor of a qual­ity STEM project. But a few things need to be right which ad­dress both prac­ti­cal­i­ties and ed­u­ca­tional out­comes:

• The mak­ing process must be straight­for­ward;

• Teach­ing ma­te­ri­als in­clud­ing con­sum­ables need to be read­ily avail­able;

• Test­ing of ideas needs to be rapid and easy so that stu­dents can make mod­i­fi­ca­tions with­out be­ing over in­vested.

Pow­er­an­chor projects de­liver all this. Each of the five fully re­sourced projects are de­signed for stu­dent learn­ing through the process of de­sign­ing, mak­ing and rapid eval­u­a­tion.

Over 300 schools across Aus­tralia are mak­ing Pow­er­an­chor projects a key part of their Tech­nol­ogy or STEM pro­gram.

Visit: www.pow­er­an­chor­pro­jects.com.

En­gag­ing stu­dents through ex­per­i­men­tal de­sign.

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