Episode 1: Getting started

Let's Talk STEM
Monash Education

What is STEM education and what does it mean for teachers?

Episode One of this web series is all about getting the conversation about STEM education started. As the guests begin to explore the complexities of STEM education in schools and the potential challenges for teachers, they also shed light on the numerous benefits of including STEM in your school’s curriculum.

From finding a common definition to discussing the impacts on teacher’s practices, this thought-provoking video drills down to what truly lies at the heart of STEM education, the students.

Using this video

Suggested Activity 1

What is STEM education?

After watching this episode, have a discussion with your teachers about what they think STEM education is.

Consider the following questions:

  • What do you already know about STEM education?
  • What would you like to know about STEM education?
  • How could the introduction of STEM into your classroom enrich learning opportunities for your students?
  • What are you most worried about when it comes to introducing STEM education?

Suggested Activity 2

What do you want STEM education to look like in your school?

Work with teachers to create a shared vision statement about what STEM education is and looks like in your school.

Consider the following questions:

  • Why do we think STEM education is important for our students?
  • What does quality STEM education look like in practice?
  • How might we engage our students in more relevant and authentic problems?
  • How does our STEM vision align to the school’s vision?
Dan and Lisa

“STEM education is about enabling children to learn the problem solving skills that are required to build a better future”

Prof. Lisa Harvey-Smith

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Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith


Australia's Women in STEM Ambassador



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Danny Summerell

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Professor Marilyn Fleer

Laureate Professor

Director, Conceptual Playlab



Lucas Johnson

Research & Development,

STEM Education



Rachael Lehr


Founder of #PrimarySTEMChat



Professor Deb Corrigan


Monash Education Futures



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