Raytheon and Questacon to pilot school STEM initiative

Long time STEM promoters Raytheon Australia and Questacon have teamed up to provide teachers with a framework to deliver hands-on content that engages students in problem solving via engineering solutions.  

The program known as ‘Engineering is Elementary’ draws from a highly successful STEM initiative created by the prominent US based Museum of Science.

The Australian Engineering is Elementary program will provide teachers with a framework to deliver content aligned with the Australian Curriculum that engages teachers using hands-on problem solving through engineering solutions.

Raytheon’s sponsorship will fund the professional learning for up to 40 teachers in Canberra and SA who will implement the program. Teachers will participate in a series of workshops and be given resource kits, in-class support and access to online support materials including activities and class observation videos.

“As Australia’s leading systems integrator, we play a critical role in motivating young people to continue their studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” Raytheon Australia managing director Michael Ward said.

“This expansion of our partnership with Questacon will help to develop the next generation of Australian engineers and ensure the nation’s future workforce has the skills they need to be successful.”

Following the initial phase of the program, a Teacher Educator Institute Workshop will be rolled out to additional teachers who will receive training, resources and materials to facilitate their own Engineering is Elementary program in their schools.

“Every year Questacon continues to engage, connect and inspire all Australians through programs delivered across the country,” said Professor Graham Durant, director of Questacon, Australia’s National Science and Technology Centre.

“Raytheon’s investment in Engineering is Elementary will support primary school teachers in delivering real-world STEM examples and challenges for students to solve in the classroom.”

Raytheon has demonstrated its commitment to STEM education through other Questacon programs such as, Innovation Factory – Invent and Play, a travelling exhibition which toured science centres around Australia attracting over 600,000 visitors and the Schmidt Studio, Questacon’s state-of-the-art digital broadcast studio which has reached 13,512 students at 387 schools.

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