About Sustainability meets Statistics and STEM (SSSTEM)
The "Early Engagement - Tertiary Success: Sustainability meets Statistics and STEM" project works directly with students and teachers in low SES and regional/remote areas of NSW, delivering project-based learning activities in environmental sciences, statistics and STEM.
The project team will visit Dubbo, Broken Hill and Griffith in August to:
The workshops and school visits introduce project based curriculum delivery through innovative and fun learning experiences. This project enables schools in remote areas to participate in competitions such as the National Poster Competition and Mini-EV Prize Competition.
For more information on this project please click on the button below.
Expression of Interest
Please ensure your Principal completes an Expression of Interest Form for your School to participate in either the teacher workshops or school visits. To complete the Expression of Interest click on the following button.
Teacher Registration for Workshop
The project team will visit Dubbo, Broken Hill and Griffith in July/August to host free workshops for teaching staff (in each location) on authentic learning activities surrounding Environmental Sustainability, Statistics and STEM.
The Teacher Workshops aim to empower teachers and assist them to engage their students in project-based learning initiatives surrounding Sustainability, Statistics, Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
At the workshops, teachers would learn about an initiative combining two successful annual STEM-based student competitions, the National Schools Poster Competition and Mini-EV Prize Competition, to develop engagement, understanding and authentic learning surrounding Environmental Sustainability, Statistics and STEM, for both students and teachers.
To register for a teacher workshop click on the button below.
There are two aspects to this project:
Associated with the workshops and competitions, the project team is collecting information and feedback from principles, teachers and students. The information will be collected by short pre- and post-study surveys.
This associated research will:
Involvement with this associated research is optional, however we strongly suggest your participation.
For more information on the research please click on the button below.
To participate in the study and workshops please complete the following consent forms and read the associated participant information statement (PIS).
There is separate forms for Principals, Teachers, and Parent/Student.
To view / download the relevant consent forms participation information statements please click on the appropriate button below.
Please note that pre-study survey for students will be provided by their teachers once the completed student consent forms have been received.
As noted above, at the workshops, teachers would learn about two successful annual STEM-based student competitions, the National Schools Poster Competition and Mini-EV Prize Competition, to develop engagement, understanding and authentic learning surrounding, Environmental Sustainability, Statistics and STEM, for both students and teachers.
We will provide solar car kits to teachers attending the Workshops.
We anticipate that these workshops would be of interest to teachers that have a passion for authentic and project-based learning activities, and/or integrated STEM teaching and learning, or are interested in becoming more aware of such initiatives and opportunities.
Dubbo: Monday 7 August 5pm to 8pm Dubbo RSL Club
Broken Hill: Thursday 10 August 5pm to 8pm Thyme on Argent
Griffith: Monday 14 August 5pm to 8pm Griffith Leagues Club
The project team is also interested in visiting primary and secondary schools at each location to assist students learn about Environmental Sustainability, Statistics, STEM and careers and their practice, as well as how they may engage in such on smaller-scale as part of national competition. Students not only find
this educational and enjoyable but also receive participation certificates and may win prize money for their teams and school.
We will also provide 2 solar car kits to each of the schools attended.
Schools can nominate to participate through the School Expression of Interest Form
This video shows participant testimonials of the SSAI National Schools Poster Competition.
Participants talk about the SSAI National Schools Poster Competition.
National Schools Poster Competition
The SSAI National Schools Poster Competition is project-based learning activity involves teams of school students creating an informative poster presentation based on the collection and interpretation of data towards addressing a practical research question. Entry is free and both certificates and prizes are awarded.
This video provides an overview of the SSAI National Schools Poster Competition.
Overview of the SSAI National Schools Poster Competition
For more information on the Poster Competition please click on the button below.
Mini-EV Prize Competition
Join the excitement of the Mini-EV Prize by building your own mini solar car. Open to Stage 2 to Stage 6 students. Compete for cash prizes, trophies and glory, plus a chance to compete at the State level. There is no limit on how many teams a school can enter.
For more information on the Mini-EV Competition please click on the button below.
Please note that post-study survey for students will be provided by their teachers once the completed student consent forms have been received.
Post -study Teacher Surveys will be made available after the workshops.
To access research publications and reports associated with this project please click on the button below.
If you need any help or assistance or require any further information please do not hesitate in contacting us by clicking on the button below.
Many thanks to Bill Collison for providing some of these photos of the 2016 Mini-EV Prize Competition