Sharing the STELR Project Internationally

Diana Tomazos, Science Teacher at the Schools of Isolated and Distance Education in Western Australia wrote to STELR recently describing her trip to the USA, where she promoted STELR amongst other STEM programs. Diana wrote:

Earlier this year I was delighted to be selected to receive support from Northrop Grumman to attend the 2015 National Science Teacher’s Association Conference in Chicago, Illinois, USA.  As I am a STAWA member and our membership fees include being members of ASTA and ICASE, I was able to participate in the 10th Annual Global Conversations in Science Education Conference one day before the NSTA Conference.

As part of the scholarship’s requirements it was essential to prepare a poster on the STEM activities I had been involved with in Western Australia. This poster session was conducted on March 11th  and a part of the Global Conversations in Science Education Conference which was co-chaired by Dr Juliana Texley; NSTA President, Dr Teresa Kennedy; NSTA International Advisory Board Chair and  ICASE president and Dr Michael Padilla; NSTA Past President and ICASE North America Regional Representative.

The session was titled Sharing International Classroom Perspectives of Science; PreK-16. My poster included discussing my current work place SIDE with online delivery of curriculum, The Schools Pathways Programme, our Einsteinian First Physics Project and discussed the resources from Spice and STELR.  Many thanks to Peter Pentland and the STELR program for providing me with the opportunity to be a part of their pilot program when I was teaching at South Fremantle Senior High School in 2008. I continued  to use this fantastic equipment for the following 5 years as a classroom teacher. This was one of the key points on my poster when describing the use of STEM in WA.

As an experienced teacher in using the STELR equipment and incorporating the program into our science student’s lessons, I was able to explain this program as one of the many opportunities our students have in the classroom using STEM. The STELR program enhances the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in their rich tasks and lessons.  I think the most striking factor with this program is the relevance of the activities to everyday living.  When I think engaging and relevant STEM programs, I think STELR.

In closing I am delighted to say I was able to expose this program internationally and handed out some flyers with the website to refer to and hope that our wonderful learning programs here in Australia may reach and benefit other students internationally on our globe.

Diana Tomazos at the NSTA conference in Chicago. Image: Diana Tomazos

Diana Tomazos at the NSTA conference in Chicago. Image: Diana Tomazos