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Teacher Q&A: Algorithmic thinking
Teacher Q&A: Algorithmic thinking

Why is it important to teach algorithmic thinking skills? Is algorithmic thinking the same as coding? Educators Greg Breese and David Shigrov answer these questions and more in today’s Q&A.

STEM Studies – our school’s story
STEM Studies – our school’s story

In 2017, Parklands Christian College in Brisbane launched a new elective for Year 10s called STEM Studies. In this first instalment of a three-part series, Kristie Schulz – Lead Teacher of Mathematics and Science – explains how the journey began.

Podcast Special: Science – student engagement, teaching excellence and outside expertise
Podcast Special: Science – student engagement, teaching excellence and outside expertise

In today’s podcast special we speak with Neil Bramsen and Brett McKay who were named winners of the Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching – one for primary and one for secondary.

Game creation bringing joy into the classroom
Game creation bringing joy into the classroom

Hit film Inside Out provided the inspiration for Team Kalianna in this year’s Australian STEM Video Game Challenge, so it’s fitting that the whole process – from initial idea to winning game – brought plenty of joy to the talented group of students and their teacher mentor.

STEM challenge gets a great reaction from students
STEM challenge gets a great reaction from students

The Australian STEM Video Game Challenge, now in its fourth year, is open to students in Years 5-12.  Students used the theme of 'reaction' as their inspiration as they went about designing, building and testing an original video game – from first idea to final product. Here are the six winners for 2017.

Delivering a challenging and engaging curriculum
Delivering a challenging and engaging curriculum

In the final instalment of our three-part series on curriculum implementation, Victorian educator Fiona Matthews reflects on the lessons learned throughout the process and offers advice.

Artificial intelligence, robotics and coding
Artificial intelligence, robotics and coding

Can computers think? What is intelligence? Can we build a robot that learns from its past experiences? These are some of the tricky questions Year 6 students have tackled as they explore the role of robots and machine technology in society while learning to code.

A guide to programming languages for coding in class
A guide to programming languages for coding in class

So, you want to introduce coding in class but with so many programming languages out there how do you choose the one that’s right for your students?

Integrating game-making into the curriculum
Integrating game-making into the curriculum

Each year the Australian STEM Video Game Challenge invites students to design and create their own game. Here’s how one school integrated it into their curriculum planning.

Do students enjoy writing?
Do students enjoy writing?

Like reading for pleasure, an enjoyment of writing has been linked to higher student achievement, but new data from the UK show children and young people’s enjoyment of writing is declining.

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