Our Linking Engineers and Scientists with Teachers (LEaST) Program is designed to provide teachers opportunities to work with engineers, link hands-on experience with model engineering problems and provide ideas for teaching contextual material in junior and senior science and mathematics.
Our objectives for a LEaST Professional Development Workshop are to:
- Demonstrate context-based teaching and learning to secondary science, engineering studies and mathematics teachers.
- Offer a range of real experiences in the engineering world, from which to draw contexts for teaching.
- Provide potential contacts of local engineers and scientists, who could provide further contextual experiences and advice in the future.
- Extrapolate these experiences and models into the classroom.
Teachers learn about the roles of engineers and scientists in society and how their problem solving approaches can be applied to teaching in context. We also supply resource materials for current or developing contexts in Physics, Chemistry, Technology and Applied Studies and Mathematics, gathered from workshops from three states. The program gives teachers direct experience with science and engineering so that they can motivate and engage their students in maths and science-based study.
A LEaST PD workshop is a QTC Registered PD addressing, but not limited to 2.1.2, 3.4.2 and 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.
- Workshop different ways to embed the engineering problem and other hands-on activities into classroom curriculums
- Share and discuss resources provided by the Engineering Link Group
- Gain an insight into what engineers and scientists REALLY do and receive practical, real examples of science and mathematics in action
- Enjoy a tour of a local university’s facilities or an engineering site to see real-life engineering and science.