Resources

Teaching tools

Teaching tools to support the planning and delivery of STEM

STEM program review tool

The program review tool is designed to help secondary teachers identify areas of improvement in integrated STEM programs as they work towards best practice STEM unit planning and delivery.

Lesson plans and resources

A collection of lesson plans and resources to support the delivery of STEM in the class

Braidwood Boulder (5 hours)

In the Braidwood Boulder (DOCX 2.2MB) Fast and the Curious STEM challenge, students examine a fictitious but authentic problem and develop a range of skills and understanding in recording and analysing data to assist in designing an algorithm-based solution.

Note – Fast and Curious is a Technology Mandatory unit of work that develops knowledge, skills and understanding of data, digital systems and IoT (Internet of Things) and uses the Anki Overdrive race cars.

STEM Olympiad (5 hours)

5 x 1 hour activities

This resource pack provides teachers with a range of curriculum-aligned, mini-STEM challenges that can be delivered in a range of formats.

STEM Olympiad program (DOCX 80KB)

Paper bridge (1 hour)

In this challenge, students are required to construct the strongest possible bridge only using limited resources

Paper bridge program (DOCX 71KB)

Paper gyrocopter (1 hour)

In this challenge, students are required to construct a gyrocopter with the slowest glide rate using one piece of A4 paper.

Paper gyrocopter program (DOCX 72KB)

Paper parachute (1 hour)

In this challenge, students are required to convert a paper bag into a parachute with the slowest rate of fall using only the specified materials.

Paper parachute program (DOCX 71KB)

Slender tower (1 hour)

In this challenge, students are required to construct the tallest tower possible only using limited resources

Slender tower program (DOCX 71KB)

Straw water tower (1 hour)

In this challenge students are required to construct the strongest possible tower from as few materials as possible that holds a set object a minimum height off the ground.

Straw water tower program (DOCX 71KB)

For advice or assistance with reviewing secondary STEM programs contact the STEM advisers stem@det.nsw.edu.au

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