Integrated STEM in primary schools

An example of curriculum planning for integrated STEM in primary schools

STEM learning experiences involve explicit learning and teaching of syllabus content which is applied in project, problem or inquiry-based learning situations that are authentic and contextual.

Considerations:

  1. Students have a voice in their learning, in regards to their project, mode of communication, findings/solution materials, investigations and strategies to be undertaken
  2. Length of allocated class time needs to sustain deep thinking, investigation and an integrated approach
  3. Co-creation of learning experiences and assessment tasks needs to include all stakeholders: classroom teacher, teacher-librarian, RFF teacher and students
  4. Students have the opportunity to experience a variety of strategies, manipulate a variety of materials and develop skills in the use of a variety of tools and equipment
  5. STEM education is a way of thinking and doing which involves pedagogy, spaces, internal and external agencies
  6. Results and/or products of project-based learning experiences need to be shared and presented to authentic audiences

Effective curriculum planning and programming for STEM learning and engagement supports teachers to differentiate their practice in response to the varied ways students learn. Consideration needs to be given to learning across the curriculum and teachers having high expectations for all students.

Integrated STEM in secondary schools

An example of curriculum planning for integrated STEM in secondary schools

Considerations:

  1. Integrated STEM programs are both skills based and content rich with a major focus on application in science, technology, engineering and mathematics
  2. Apply the processes of working technologically, working mathematically and working scientifically skills and strategies that improve literacy and numeracy
  3. Opportunities for development of 21st Century skills and general capabilities such as communication, collaboration, problem solving, self-evaluation, ICT, critical and creative thinking, personal and social capability
  4. Ensure and monitor the presence of academic rigour and ongoing assessment
  5. STEM programs are planned, developed and implemented by an Integrated STEM team with succession planning considered to ensure sustainability
  6. STEM programs are an alternative method of delivery of part of the curriculum, not compromising, or adding to, existing curriculum