Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics are identified as essential areas of study for Australia to maintain a high quality of life. Future prosperity depends on students studying in and across these areas in order to foster scientific and technological developments.
STEM, drawn from the four disciplines of Science (S), Technology (T), Engineering (E), and Mathematics (M) recognises the importance of this integration and its significance for Australias competitive future. These four disciplines are also referred to as the 'Pillars of STEM'.
BOSTES aims to enhance engagement in STEM by developing practical, hands-on teaching and learning programs and resources that allow students to integrate their knowledge from the pillar subjects.
Sample STEM activities and units of work
The NSW Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics syllabuses recognise the importance of the key skills and understanding developed through Working Scientifically, Working Technologically and Working Mathematically. NSW syllabuses for STEM subjects and Vocational Education and Training (VET) pathways also provide many contexts for students to pursue their interests and abilities in STEM.
BOSTES has developed the following STEM resources to integrate these skill sets.
Integrative STEM consolidates and strengthens individual subject knowledge by enabling students to make links between content and empowering them with a deeper understanding.
BOSTES has developed a guide to assist teachers developing STEM teaching programs and integrated units of work. The advice on programming integrated STEM guide is available on the BOSTES website.