STEM 4 Innovation
We’ve set our challenge as: “How do we emerge from COVID-19 impacts with an education system that is responsive, adaptable, contributory, community-linked and future-focussed?”
This program was borne out of the imagination of Western Australian educators wanting to generate authentic learning experiences for WA school students to apply STEM-inspired, curriculum-linked, design-thinking processes to solving real-world problems relating to the immediate and future impacts of COVID-19 and other community related needs in Western Australia.
Inspired by the WA State Government and Public Sector iThink initiative we have translated their call for the combined skills and capabilities of the Western Australian community to bring WA school students to address the challenges identified.
iThink is an online ideas community initially launched for the WA public sector, giving its 140,000 staff the opportunity to contribute ideas to make our workplaces even better.
With the support of the Deputy Premier and Health Minister Roger Cook, and innovative and highly respected surgeon and researcher Professor Fiona Wood AM, iThink has been opened to those outside the public sector to harness the ideas and expertise of the Western Australian community.
Ideas can now be posted on iThink by anyone in the Western Australian community. They are visible to all users, and also allow people to provide constructive feedback and vote on their favourite ideas.
To register for iThink, visit ithink.wa.gov.au.
On this website we’ll present a range of challenges that can become the basis of a rich real-world learning experience. You’ll be invited to consider problems you think you can solve by bringing your combined knowledge, skill and connections together in a meaningful way.
You’ll be able to post your solutions to the site and the rest of our community will be invited to vote upon your solutions considering the qualities of Innovation, Originality, Creativity, Impact and the SMART criteria Specific, Measurable/Manageable, Attainable/Achievable, Realistic, Time-framed.
Learn more about Challenge-based Learning.
Helping the leaders of tomorrow learn to succeed today.
This program is designed to support Western Australian students via their teachers, schools, and collaborative interaction with industry, government and the broader community to showcase their innovation and creative potential in addressing some of the most challenging problems facing our society as we navigate through the impacts of COVID-19 and look forward to a more sustainable and connected future.
We are confident that our team’s unique insights, experience and creative learning opportunities will absolutely be an asset, not only to students but also to teachers, schools and the way we think about and engage with meaningful learning in real-world contexts.
Please be clear that when we speak of STEM we are talking about an integrated program that involves all learning areas in a school and values the connections between disciplines.
Kim Flintoff Curtin University
Tim Rowberry John Curtin College of the Arts
Kai Lovel (Year 11 Student, John Curtin College of the Arts
and Digital Freelance)
Phil Casas Comet Bay College
Stella Jinman Cecil Andrews College