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Spotlight on STEM to inspire teachers in the Territory

Charles Darwin University (CDU) will host a two-day science workshop for teachers in the Territory starting Friday, November 18.
Charles Darwin University (CDU) will host a two-day science workshop for teachers in the Territory starting Friday, November 18.

Charles Darwin University (CDU) will host a two-day interactive and educational workshop for teachers in the Territory to promote science, technology and innovation in the classroom.

STEMbiosis is designed to equip educators with the skills and tools they need to increase STEM education in their lesson plans and inspire the next generation of science enthusiasts.

CDU Education Lecturer Jenni Webber said STEM knowledge and skills are vital in the classroom for both teachers and students.

“Events such as STEMbiosis are the perfect place to showcase the importance of science and technology in the classroom, and across the Northern Territory,” Ms Webber said.

“We need teachers to be encouraging and excited about STEM, and show how real-world science learning experiences can lead to great education outcomes for young Territorians.”

Welcoming presenters from the Territory and interstate, STEMbiosis promotes professional learning for preservice, early career and experienced teachers, with a focus on Foundation to Year 10 pedagogy and inquiry.

Attendees will have the opportunity to explore a range of different science subjects including virtual reality, earth science, solar cars, and chemistry.

In partnership with various professional teaching associations of the NT, the event will also feature keynote speakers, workshops, presentations, trade displays, a meet and greet at the Museum and Art Gallery of the NT and a team STEM challenge.

CDU STEM Pathways Lecturer and Inspired NT Manager Dr Carla Eisemberg said educators instil a growing interest for science within their students which can inspire them for their entire schooling.

“Students who have an interest in science in Foundation, whether it is bugs or the weather or building with Lego, can be encouraged by educators to become completely enthralled by science throughout the rest of their education,” Dr Eisemberg said.

“The more educators who are enthusiastic about sharing STEM knowledge, skills and planning experiences for their students, the more we will be fostering future science careers to benefit the Territory and beyond.”

At the event, Inspired NT will be hosting Science Speed Dating to connect STEM professionals and outreach providers with educators so they can collaboratively design hands-on STEM activities for all ages.

STEMbiosis will be held at the Museum and Art Gallery of the NT on Friday, November 18 from 5pm to 6:30pm and at the CDU Casuarina Campus on Saturday, November 19 from 8am to 5:30pm.

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