Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Project

Contact: Sharon Fraser, Faculty of Education, University of Tasmania
E: Sharon.fraser@utas.edu.au

Location: Launceston (NB: travel, accommodation, meals and teaching relief costs are available.)
Dates of Event: 2-4 September 2013         RSVP: 16 August 2013

Intended Audience: Year 5-12 STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) teachers

We would like to invite STEM teachers to participate in a workshop focusing on the development of a framework for critically appraising STEM resources, thereby assisting in building the capacity of rural and regional primary and junior secondary teachers in the areas of mathematics and science education. The workshop will be held in early September as a part of a federally funded (Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education) project.

Workshop Aim
The aim of this first workshop is to develop and validate the draft framework in the Tasmanian context before gathering input from teachers in other states and territories.

The workshop will be conducted in two parts:
  • Part 1: Developing the framework collaboratively with experienced STEM teachers (2 - 3 days - see explanation following)
  • Part 2: Enhancing the framework collaboratively with less experienced STEM teachers (1 day)

Workshop Venue
University of Tasmania, Newnham campus

Workshop Dates
  • Part 1: Experienced STEM teachers: Monday September 2nd - Tuesday September 3rd or Wednesday September 4th, 2013 (see explanation following)
  • Part 2: Less experienced STEM teachers: Wednesday September 4th, 2013
Please note: All travel, accommodation, meals and teaching relief costs will be paid for by the project.

Project Participants
For our Tasmanian workshop, our numbers will be limited to:
* 12 experienced STEM teachers attending Part 1;
* 3 experienced STEM teachers attending Part 1 and staying on to attend Part 2; and
* 8 less experienced STEM teachers attending Part 2.

Part of our process for selecting teachers is to ensure that we have relatively equal numbers participating in the three STEM areas.

Part 1 Participants - experienced STEM Teachers.
Teachers who are relatively experienced in teaching STEM to grades 5 -12 are invited to participate in Part 1 of the project, and if interested and able, a small number will be invited to continue to work with less experienced STEM teachers in Part 2 of the project.

Experienced teachers will be recognized for their knowledge of STEM curriculum and contextual knowledge of teaching in this area. They should have been teaching for at least 5 years and have an interest in and passion for STEM. We are particularly interested in teachers who are working in grades 5 - 8, but those with STEM expertise in higher grades are welcome.

If you are interested in attending the workshop as an experienced STEM teacher, please complete Form A (link below).

Part 2 Participants - less experienced STEM Teachers
Teachers of grades 5 - 8 with at least 3 years teaching experience who are less experienced in teaching STEM, but are interested to learn more or who are teaching out of area, are invited to participate in Part 2 of the project.

If you are interested in attending the workshop as a less experienced STEM teacher, please complete Form B (link below).

Workshop details and forms A and B

Please return the completed form by Friday, August 16th, 2013 to:
   Sharon Fraser
   Faculty of Education,
   University of Tasmania,
   Locked Bag 1307,
   Launceston TAS 7250

Or scan and email the completed form to Sharon.fraser@utas.edu.au