October 18 - October 19$150
The Deakin STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Education Conference 2021 aims to unpack, share, and promote quality STEM and entrepreneurship education for Australia and internationally.
Including keynotes, invited presentations, workshops, paper presentations and school visits, this conference will be of particular interest to:
- Early childhood, primary and secondary teachers
- Teachers of science, mathematics, engineering design and digital technology
- Pre-service teachers
- Entrepreneurship educators
- Careers teachers
- Curriculum designers and resource developers
- University educators from education, science, engineering, mathematics and digital technology
- STEM industry representatives
- STEM education bodies
- Local, national and international STEM Centres
With the recent endorsement of STEM education as part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda by the Australian Government, the challenge facing educators is how to meaningfully embed STEM-related knowledge, skills and dispositions in all levels of schooling.
According to Boosting High-impact Entrepreneurship in Australia, schools play an important role in providing a foundation for entrepreneurial thinking. There is a need to clarify what contribution STEM and entrepreneurship can make to education, and how they can be meaningfully and practically translated into curriculum and pedagogy, particularly in primary and secondary schools.
Educators and researchers are becoming increasingly interested in investigating contexts that support students’ learning in STEM, and identifying the teaching approaches that are most conducive for developing investigative, design and reasoning skills. Linking with local industry representatives and community groups can enhance curriculum design and facilitate delivery of cutting-edge STEM programs. Engaging in entrepreneurial thinking provides young people opportunities to extend their STEM skills and turn their creative ideas into entrepreneurial action.
Considering the value of STEM and entrepreneurship in education acknowledges the diversity of pedagogical approaches, and encourages curricular innovations to address authentic problems arising in this area.