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 EiE, 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 and in-person in a number of locations. For further details and registrations, please fill out the registration form.

Videos

Water filters

In this video Questacon and the Australian Army explore how portable water filters can remove contaminants and help make water safe to drink. This educational resource for Australian classrooms teaches students the Engineering Design Process.

Parachutes

In this video Questacon and the Australian Air Force explore how to design parachutes to safely accurately drop cargo. This educational resource for Australian classrooms teaches students the Engineering Design Process.

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

Workshop registrations are currently closed for the remainder of 2021. To notify us of your interest in future opportunities to participate, please use this registration form and we will contact you when opportunities become available. If you have an questions regarding workshops please feel free to send your enquiry to Teachers@Questacon.edu.au.

We hope to see you in 2022 when we launch our next unit of work: 'Catching the Wind: Designing Windmills' exploring mechanical engineering. 

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.