Webinar: Engaging girls in STEM education

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Teaching Fellows Sarah Chapman and Ashley Stewart share practical ways to engage girls in STEM education

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Join us for a conversation with 2019 Teaching Fellows Sarah Chapman and Ashley Stewart, as they share international research and practical approaches to successfully engage girls in STEM education.

You will:

  • learn from Sarah Chapman about her international research on benchmarks for successful STEM education programs and practical insights to better engage and retain girls in STEM-related pathways, some of which she implemented at Townsville State High School (QLD)
  • hear from Ashley Stewart about her approach to engaging girls at Newton Moore Senior High School (WA), the challenges and successes experienced, approaches to engage parents and the community, and how she knows the school is having an impact

The webinar also provides a great opportunity to connect with other educators, share your ideas and ask questions related to your school’s STEM experience. You are encouraged to send your questions to info@schoolsplus.org.au ahead of the event.

The conversation will be facilitated by Schools Plus Knowledge Sharing Manager, Bronwyn Burr.

The panellists:

Sarah Chapman’s passion for science education is infectious. With her team, she has built Townsville State High School (QLD) into a magnet for parents and students who want to be prepared for jobs of the future – jobs which may not yet exist but will certainly require technical skills and scientific reasoning.

Sarah creates connections with other schools, universities, professional bodies and the media to advocate for high quality science teaching, and she is bringing the community along on the mission. The Townsville STEM Hub of 25 local organisations, which she initiated, presents events and competitions to an enthusiastic local audience.

She is also one of 10 inaugural Science and Technology Australia’s STEM ambassadors and she uses this platform to provide an educator’s perspective on influencing policy and the national STEM agenda.

Throughout this demanding schedule she has remained a committed classroom teacher as Head of Science, and students have clearly caught her inspiration. When she arrived at the school in 2004, barely 15 per cent of leavers chose a science-related course; now 74 per cent do so.

Inspired by a passion for promoting Women in STEM fields, Ashley Stewart is using STEM, problem-based learning and Spatial Training to drive improvement in mathematics at the Newton Moore Senior High School in Bunbury, WA.

The Maths Department Head was concerned about the low NAPLAN results of Indigenous students, particularly girls, and she chose spatial training – developing understanding of three-dimensional shapes and movement – as a more practical entry into a subject many found discouraging.

Her instinct proved correct. Along with vastly improved classroom engagement, NAPLAN scores have edged ahead of like schools. Especially pleasing for Mrs Stewart, are the fewer limited achievement grades from 2017 to 2018.

She has also established an inventors’ club, and fielded three teams in the International Mathematical Modelling Challenge, all towards one goal: “to engage students in relevant, meaningful and exciting activities that develop a passion and ongoing interest in STEM professions.”

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