The STELR equipment and teaching resources have been developed to assist students to learn about the scientific inquiry process and then to design and undertake their own investigations.

STELR incorporates contemporary teaching and learning practices. Through the context of renewable energy technology, student learn about research,  forming and testing hypotheses; planning and conducting robust investigations; collection and analysis of data and evaluation of scientific propositions as outlined in the Australian Curriculum - Science. The STELR resources incorporate inquiry-based pedagogies that:

  • involve students in initial exploration before ideas are introduces and explanations developed
  • incorporate students' own questions
  • involve students making decisions as part of the investigation
  • use activities to explore and develop ideas rather than simply demonstrating previously presented ideas
  • allow for genuinely new knowledge to be developed.

Engaging and challenging

 From a 2013 survey of schools participating in the stelr program

From a 2013 survey of schools participating in the stelr program

The inquiry-based learning approach engages and challenges students and teachers.  It allows teachers to tailor the learning to meet the varied interests and abilities of their students. Students are encouraged to think and work scientifically around an issues that is relevant to them. In doing so they develop a positive disposition to engage with science and technology. Teachers report a marked increase in student engagement in the program as well as a corresponding increase in science literacy and understanding of the awareness of how scientists work.