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. The program, focusing on building the skills and confidence of primary school teachers through professional development workshops, has been adapted by Questacon to align with the Australian Curriculum and meet the needs of Australian teachers. Over the course of the three year partnership, workshops will be delivered in all Australian states and territories.

These free, hands-on, two day workshops, allow teachers to fully immerse themselves in curricular programs that integrate the principles of engineering with science, mathematics and technology, to assist in building essential capabilities in 21st century learners. Teachers will gain hands-on experience of Engineering is Elementary units of work and curriculum aligned resources to bring engineering into their classrooms. These workshops will provide participants the opportunity to network with like-minded colleagues, develop professional learning communities and increase confidence and skills for delivering inquiry-based learning.

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.

These workshops are free and NESA (NSW Education Standards Authority) accredited, contributing 10 hours of Registered Teacher Professional Development.

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.