ASELL School Workshops started in Sydney in 2014, to help address the decline in the number of students taking STEM subjects in Years 11 and 12 and beyond.
School teachers collaborate with the ASELL team of university scientists, engineers and educators to enhance an existing laboratory activity, which is not currently achieving desired learning outcomes, or to design a new activity. These experiments are re-designed such that they are made more engaging and relevant to the learning outcomes, and are then presented at a workshop.
The project aims to empower science teachers (for Years 7-10) to utilise practical work as a vehicle for changing student understandings and attitudes. Practicals are a unique and powerful vehicle for giving meaning to the tools of science, from graphs, computer technologies to contextual stories capturing a range of literacies and key competencies. The overall goal is to enable long term retention of science concepts, using practical work as a vehicle for this.
The workshops will run over a normal school day and require participants (teachers and students) to undertake 2-3 experiments, with morning tea and lunch provided. These experiments are aimed at Year 7-10 science students and have an inquiry-based approach.
During the workshop participants will be required to complete a number of surveys and questionnaires. These surveys and questionnaires will be used to assess the experiments and provide constructive feedback for the teachers who have developed and submitted them to ASELL. During the workshop participants will be invited to participate in further evaluation of the resources by becoming involved in focus groups.
Expressions of interest are sought from:
a. secondary science teachers who would like to attend a workshop, and/or
b. secondary schools willing to host a workshop. This entails the use of a school laboratory and one classroom for the day. Science laboratory technicians will be required to assist with the set-up of the activities. Technicians are invited to attend the workshops as observers.
Date: Terms 2 – 4, 2016
Time: Normal school times
Location: Bunbury Catholic College May 19th; Mazenod College June 8th; other venues and dates TBA
Cost: Free, and provision for relief if required.
Audience: Secondary Science Teachers and one student per teacher (Year 7 to Year 10)
Science Technicians are also welcome
Number of students per session: 15 teachers + 15 students = maximum 30 per workshop.