To increase the understanding of high school students about how science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) are used in real world contexts, by allowing student teachers to experience first hand the practical application of STEM theory within industry. The intention is that this experience improves the student teachers ability to give high school students a greater appreciation of the value of learning and understanding STEM skills.
By allowing student teachers to have a real world experience involving a visit to industry in order to understand how STEM is being used, to identify an industry issue and then involve research scientists to assist with providing expert thinking towards addressing the issue, and communicating this information back to industry.
There will be two visits from student teachers to selected industries, of 4 hours each (8 hours in total).
With the assistance of industry personnel, student teachers will identify an industry issue that could be addressed by applying science towards possible solutions. The student teacher will be assisted by the following expert mentors from Flinders University (1) New Venture Institute who are an innovation catalyst, linking researchers, businesses, and connecting problems with solutions, and (2) research scientists from Flinders University.
The diagram below outlines the activities around the two visits to industry. These will occur in October 2017.