STELR is in-curriculum
Many science programs offered to schools (such as science competitions, awards and science fairs) are extra-curricular and target the ‘already-engaged’ students. The STELR modules are designed to be taught within the curriculum allowing participation by all students.
STELR and the Australian Curriculum
STELR is distinctive amongst state and national programs in that it is an excellent vehicle for fulfilling the aims of the Australian Curriculum: Science. It exemplifies an inquiry-based teaching approach and the development of a coherent learning program in which all three content strands – Science Inquiry Skills, Science as a Human Endeavour and Science Understanding – and the cross-curriculum aspects are all interwoven. STELR gives equal importance to, and achieves an ideal balance between, the three content strands.
In addition, through the study of global warming and the investigation of renewable energy resources, STELR demonstrates how the unifying ideas of sustainability, energy, evidence, models, explanations and theories can be developed. Moreover, STELR fosters the eight general capabilities considered to be inherent in science, while the knowledge and skills learned in other areas such as English and mathematics, technology and design are developed throughout.