When

21 to 24 August 2024

Multiple sessions available

Location

Northern Territory

Time

6 hours

Audience

Educators

About

Are you a primary school educator looking to ignite a passion for STEM in your students?  

Do you dream of a classroom where students are actively engaged in building, designing, and problem-solving?

In Term 3 we’re headed to Northern Territory! Join us for our FREE workshops and we'll show you how to harness the power of the Engineering Design Process to transform any lesson into a hands-on STEM adventure. 

We have two offerings to choose from. Either delve into a practical agricultural engineering unit called ‘The Best of Bugs: Designing Hand Pollinators’ or a chemical engineering unit called ‘A Work in Process: Improving a Play Dough Process’. Through these units, you'll gain valuable experience and discover innovative teaching strategies to: 

  • Spark student curiosity and engage students in exciting activities that encourage building, designing, and problem-solving. 
  • Foster cross-curricular learning and learn how to seamlessly integrate STEM concepts across various subjects, creating a deeper understanding for students. 
  • Build teaching confidence in STEM through practical experience and unlock innovative teaching strategies that empower you to confidently guide students through the engaging Engineering Design Process. 

After the workshop, we’ll send you a FREE resource kit and unit of work so you can run the Engineering is Elementary unit. You’ll also be connected to a national community of practice for ongoing collaboration and support. 

Things to know

  • Engineering is Elementary units are designed for primary school educators, however, they can be adapted for secondary school or other settings. 
  • Workshops are FREE but applications are essential as places are limited!
  • Workshops are either 4 or 6 hours long.
  • Multiple sessions available between 21 August to 24 August in Katherine, Darwin and Palmerston.
  • There are two workshops on offer; The Best of Bugs: Designing Hand Pollinators & A Work in Process: Improving a Play Dough Process – see application form for details. 
  • All workshops are catered. 
  • If these dates don’t suit you, you can express your interest in future opportunities via the application form. 

Contact the team at teachers@questacon.edu.au for any enquiries.

About the units

A Work in Process: Improving a Play Dough Process

In this unit, students are introduced to the field of chemical engineering and will explore how chemical engineers use their understanding of the physical properties of materials, systems thinking and engineering skills to design and create purposeful solutions fit for production. 

Through hands-on activities, research and discussion, students will investigate the role senses such as sight and touch play in a designing a product and analyse the purpose each ingredient has in creating a final batch of quality play dough.

Using the Engineering Design Process, students will bring together their skills and knowledge and work towards the final challenge of improving the process of making play dough.

The Best of Bugs: Designing Hand Pollinators

In this unit, students explore and discuss the field of agricultural engineering. 

First students delve into the role of insects in the ecosystem and specifically the natural process of pollination. By engaging in hands-on activities, discussions, and readings students discover the wonder of biomimicry, the anatomy of flowers and how pollinators and plants work together.

In the final design challenge students will use the Engineering Design Process and their knowledge of material properties to design, build and test their own hand pollination technology.

About the program

Questacon Engineering is Elementary is a program that builds your confidence and capacity to teach engaging and meaningful STEM in the classroom.