WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO GET OUR STUDENTS JOB-READY STEM OR STEAM?
Welcome to 2017, where cars park themselves, people listen to colour, lawnmowers can be 3D printed, and objects can be levitated using sound waves. Of course, you can thank STEM for all of the above. As well as the fact that you are able to access 100 easy dinner recipes on your computer, while FaceTiming your mother on your iPad, and Instagramming cat memes on your phone – all at the same time. And without getting anywhere near your monthly data allowance.
Professor Ian Chubb said it more eloquently in 2013, during his role as Chief Scientist of Australia (2011-2016):
"Our nourishment, our safety, our homes and neighbours, our relationships with family and friends, our health, our jobs, our leisure are all profoundly shaped by technological innovation and the discoveries of science."
5 TECHNIQUES TO CRUSH EXAM STRESS JUST BEFORE THE BIG DAY
When the human body detects stress, the brain reacts by triggering a surge of adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones help deal with threats or pressure, and this hormonal surge is called the ‘flight or fight response’.
A little stress can be motivating. In a recent study, it was shown that certain amounts of stress allow for the creation of new nerve cells that, when mature, can enhance memory performance. On the flip side, too much stress has been shown to impair academic performance in university students. Stress left unaddressed, will impact more than just grades. Research has shown that chronic stress is a breeding ground for illnesses including depression, anxiety, and impaired immunity – to name a few.
When exam time rolls around, it’s inevitable that student stress levels will rise. It’s not surprising to see why - many exams carry a high weighting
MAD ABOUT MATHS: A FRESH APPROACH TO TEACHING AND LEARNING WITH ENVISION MATHS
Maths is the foundation of science and all forms of innovation. It underpins our financial systems and information and communication technologies and is used to predict the future of economics and the environment. Quite simply, life revolves around maths.
But it can be difficult to understand for many students. Some say that this is because maths is not a natural activity, meaning the cognitive functions required to learn and do maths must be hijacked from mental systems meant to support other activities. It is not intuitive and so it’s not readily or easily done – it takes patience, persistence, and staying power. There’s also the cumulative nature of maths – many concepts build on one another so to learn something new, you need to understand a lot of what came before. And of course, there’s the foreign nature of maths – it looks and sounds like a different language. Actually, in many ways, it is.