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 What does it look like?

​Links are offered to exemplary local and international STEM pedagogy and projects on the right​ hand side, and in the following great activities in NSW Independent Schools:

  • STEM_Ed at Mt. Annan Christian College.

If your school is undertaking STEM initiatives that you would like to showcase, we'd be delighted to hear from you.  

Please send links approved by your Principal for publication to Darryl Buchanan, Director: Professional Learning, dbuchanan@aisnsw.edu.au

 STEM Links

Edutopia in the US provides a focus on schools that work.  Numerous internationally leading Project Based Learning examples are provided at this site.


NSW Independent Schools are pushing the boundaries with STEM as captured by the Alliance of Girls' Schools: Engaging Girls in STEM.



The Australian Science and Maths School (ASMS) at Flinders University in South Australia offers leading educational programs in STEM.


The Journal of STEM Education provides research and case studies in school-based STEM.


Big Picture Education Australia focusses on student engagement and motivation. 


"Manufacturing Engineering" has been a STEM initiative in the Hunter since 2009, in collaboration with numerous industry partners.  A project archive is here.


The NSW Technology in Primary Schools (TiPS) Kids' Design Challenge (KDC) is currently on hold, but numerous fabulous examples of STEM project based learning are demonstrated in their project showcase.


Best Practice Mindset and Pedagogy:

- Carol Dweck - the importance of a growth and learning mindset.

- John Hattie - the importance of self-assessment, critical thinking, and feedback, including valuable negative information from which both educators and students learn.

- Howard Gardner - multiple intelligences and learning styles.

- Michael Fullen - promoting supporting teacher quality and morale.

Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe - Understanding By Design, with Elliot Sief - Teaching for meaning and understanding.

- Formative vs Summative Assessment.