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cover image of article Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) holiday activities
Friday, 27 November 2015

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) holiday activities

There are a number of activities that students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) can get involved in over the school holidays and beyond.

Australia’s Chief Scientist describes STEM knowledge as crucial to Australia’s future. The following support the NSW curriculum study and provide opportunities for students to apply their knowledge beyond the classroom.

  • The STEM video games challenge is an annual competition suitable for Year 5 students upwards to develop games. Viewing the 2015 winners may encourage students to work towards the 2016 competition using the linked resources.
  • Science by doing has units of work for children from Year 3 that both entertain and educate students about Science and Engineering.
  • Bridge design software, which includes simulated forces and costs, is available free from Engineering Encounters.  It is suitable for Year 5 students upwards, who can participate in an international online competition.
  • Engquest is an Australian initiative to interest students from Year 4 to Year 8 in engineering. The site has a number of quizzes and challenges that provide good information and engaging practical activities.
  • Girl Code will run computer programming activities for girls in Years 5 to 8 in early January in Sydney, Western Sydney and Wollongong.
  • Exhibition: Designing Your Future at Sydney Olympic Park, which showcases the work of South Western Sydney Institute’s Lidcombe design students, runs from Monday 5 December to the end of January and is suitable for all students.
  • The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (PowerHouse Museum) has hands on workshops for children available at different times and for varying age groups.
  • The National Computer Science Summer School, is a wonderful opportunity to work with tech savvy students for teachers of all year groups, who are looking for a holiday activity.

For more information, contact:
Peter Thompson
Inspector, Technology Education
(02) 9367 8454

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Friday, 27 November 2015

Work with us

BOSTES will advertise a number of jobs in the Curriculum and Assessment Directorate across a range of subject areas in the coming months. Details will be posted on our Job vacancies page and Jobs NSW.

The positions suit candidates with:

  • tertiary teaching qualifications
  • outstanding recent experience in curriculum implementation
  • extensive knowledge of current directions and issues relating to curriculum and assessment.

Advertisements for a number of positions have recently been posted with applications closing soon.

Subscribe to the BOSTES Bulletin and follow us on Twitter to stay in touch about job opportunities at BOSTES.

For more information, contact:
Rhonda Clarke
Principal Project Officer
Information and Professional Development

(02) 9367 8246

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