Primary Connections Showcase Event
On Monday 30th October 2017, PrimaryConnections hosted a showcase Professional Learning workshop. This was the first workshop of its type, with key stakeholders in STEM Education observing part of the workshop and engaging with the thirty primary school educators in attendance.
The twelve stakeholders represented a broad, educational spectrum. They included representatives from the University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Griffith University, Queensland Government, Independent Schools Queensland and Srini Srinivasan (AAS Council member) who delighted us with his passion for bees. We were also joined by AAS Chief Executive Anna-Maria Arabia and Primary Connections’ new Executive Director, Claudette Bateup (on her first day on the job).
Throughout the workshop educators considered STEM Education in their contexts and delved deeper into the synergies between Science and the Design and Technologies.
During the lunch break, all attendees were afforded the rare but valuable opportunity to discuss key issues and raise questions about the future of Primary school STEM teaching and learning. Additionally, we were enthused by rich and diverse conversations about all things science (especially research and education).
The learning space, generously provided by QUT, is innovative and inspiring. The Cube is one of the world's largest digital interactive learning spaces dedicated to providing an explorative experience of QUT's Science and Engineering research.
It was a privilege to have experienced such an extraordinary event with so many Queensland educators. We thank Anna-Maria Arabia for her support and involvement in conceptualising this workshop.