Ecolinc Participants running electric experiments

PC collaborates with Ecolinc!

Published 23 March 2018

On Tuesday 13th March 2018, PrimaryConnections collaborated with Ecolinc Science and Technology Innovations Centre – Bacchus Marsh to offer Victorian Government and Non-Government schools a full-day Professional Learning Program called Hands-on STEM.

Ecolinc is an established Department of Education and Training (DET) Specialist Science Centre focussed on delivery of innovative educational programs. This specialised facility is set within a created indigenous grassy/woodland landscape making it a perfect space for learning, especially teacher professional learning and development.

The purpose of the day was to provide teachers with hands-on learning experiences, curriculum resources and activities that challenge and excite students in STEM. Professional sharing and showcasing of best practice in STEM education was the focus for the day. In keeping with the brief, PrimaryConnections facilitated three sessions across the day from two workshop offerings: Finding design in science and Hands on STEM. Our focus was to share pedagogy and experience STEM learning activities that are able to be seamlessly integrated into classroom practice.

In Finding design in science, participants experienced an example of integrating a design technology focus in an existing PrimaryConnections Physical sciences unit by participating in a design challenge that brought out the creativity and ingenuity of all involved.

In Hands on STEM, participants explored simple circuits, designed and created products embedding electrical circuits in an engaging and authentic way. This experience highlighted how a modification that incorporates a design challenge, in the context of teaching and learning electricity, value-adds STEM learning.

Capturing 62 participants and representing 47 schools and other educational organisations, this event was wonderfully organised and well-attended. It is a privilege to have experienced such a collaborative and valuable professional learning experience with so many Victorian educators. We thank Linda Flynn (Director – Ecolinc) and the team for their professionalism and support.