Questacon, with the support of Principal Partner The Australian Defence Force, is excited to roll out Engineering is Elementary across Australia. This highly successful program was developed by Engineering is Elementary, an award-winning curriculum division of the Museum of Science, Boston.

Engineering is Elementary is an exciting and immersive professional development program, run by Questacon’s Educator Programs Team that will help you to:

  • Build your confidence to teach and assess STEM in K-6 classrooms,
  • Develop your teaching strategies to meet the specific learning needs of all students,
  • Connect to a national network of teachers, providing ongoing collaboration and support.

Over the course of the three year partnership, workshops will be delivered in all Australian states and territories. The workshops are currently being offered virtually in a number of locations. For further details and registrations, please fill out the registration form

Videos

Engineering is Elementary Submerge and Resurface

In this video Questacon and the Royal Australian Navy explain how a real submarine submerges and resurfaces. This educational resource for Australian classrooms teaches students the Engineering Design Process. It takes them through the steps of ask, imagine, plan, create and improve.

Engineering is Elementary Hydraulics

In this video Questacon and the Royal Australian Navy explore how an object can be retrieved under-water through the use of hydraulics. This educational resource for Australian classrooms teaches students the Engineering Design Process. It takes them through the steps of ask, imagine, plan, create and improve.

Workshop Dates and Registrations

The program will visit numerous locations across Australia in 2020. To find out when we’re coming your way, and to register for one of our free workshops please fill out this registration form.

The FREE interactive online professional development workshops will be offered in three after-school sessions. Register for workshops in Tasmania, Northern Territory, Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania in Term 3, with other regions to be offered later in the year. The unit has a range of engaging hands-on activities that immerse your students in engineering education. It will explore not only key science, technology, engineering and maths concepts, but strategies for capturing your students’ thinking.

Resources

After more resources to continue your Engineering is Elementary journey? Check out the Engineering is Elementary website for extension activities, posters and charts, as well as a range of videos and how-to-guides.

History of Engineering is Elementary in Australia

During 2017-2018 Questacon delivered a pilot of Engineering is Elementary in the ACT, South Australia, Victoria and Queensland with the support of Raytheon. As part of the trial Questacon worked with South Australian primary school teacher Charlene McGrath (2016 SA Early Career STEM Educator of the Year) to map the Engineering is Elementary resources alongside the Australian Curriculum for all Learning Areas and the General Capabilities.