The College of Science and Engineering’s STEM Academy is home to leading STEM educators and researchers. Our focus is on applying research-informed and practice-led STEM education into our teaching to provide high quality learning experiences for our students. Our aim is to work with university colleagues and schoolteachers across Australia to facilitate STEM teaching innovations and promote the concept of teaching STEM like a STEM professional.
We are passionate about expanding opportunities for educators and students with a curiosity about the world around them. We are leading changes within the university and heading initiatives in the broader education community to encourage the participation of indigenous students, women, students from rural and remote areas and the public in general to engage in STEM education.
The STEM Academy will host workshops and events, create new textbooks and education materials and provide curriculum reviews to support educators to enhance their approaches and offerings.
Together, we are inspiring the next generation of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians to make bold discoveries and important innovations for the future.
The STEM Academy is a team of dedicated educators and researchers from the College of Science and Engineering, led by Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching, Ingo Koeper. Learn more about the team leading the way in STEM education research and new scientific discoveries.
“Students will learn best when they are engaged, motivated and interested in what I am teaching. And engagement starts with an engaged and motivated teacher.”
Ingo is a physical chemist, researcher and lecturer at Flinders. He is passionate about science education and science outreach and has pioneered innovative teaching strategies that place students at the centre of their learning.
He joined the Flinders team in 2009 and while maintaining an active research career in biophysical chemistry became more and more interested in education research. He has been recognised for multiple teaching awards from the College of Science and Engineering.
The Flinders STEM Outreach Program aspires to inspire high school students, teachers and the wider community to understand and enjoy the STEM disciplines of science, computing, engineering, mathematics and the environment.
STEM Women Branching Out, is an initiative established for young women in STEM at Flinders aiming to support their choice of studying STEM; provide them with a greater awareness of what STEM study and work involves; and improve their confidence.
Flinders University with support from the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science is offering an exciting new enrichment program for Year 9 girls only. The program involves hands-on activities and opportunities to engage with women working in a range of STEM professions.
It is a known fact schools find it costly to upskill staff in STEM, particularly 3D printing, IOT hubs and robotics. In response, Flinders University has coordinated grant applications to fully-fund teachers enrolling part-time in the Diploma of Digital Technologies at Flinders University. One example is through the Women in STEM Cadetship and Advanced Apprenticeship Program that provides Commonwealth support.
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