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?”

The solution we’ve created is STEM4Innovation.

WA Students can STEM the Problems!

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.

This ongoing project to address challenges facing begins with identifying an issue that affects parts of Western Australia. The issues that arise can affect people, environment, business and other social systems that exist in Western Australia.

While the definition of a specific problem is the work of the teams working on finding solutions, there are many domains where issues exist. Problems can affect any of these areas:

  • Arts
  • Business
  • Children
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Elderly
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Industry
  • Transport
  • and many, many more

“A problem well stated is a problem half solved.”

John Dewey

Where can you find problem areas?

There are many ways to go about identifying where problems exist. We’ll use this page to help you get started. In the Posts section of our site we’ll write about some specific challenges that we’re aware of.

The Learning Futures Network runs a community group on Facebook and any interested teachers, schools, businesses, and other community members can jump in and work with each other to brainstorm possible problem areas to work on.

The WA State Government has launched it’s iThink initiative (in fact STEM4INNOVATION is one of the solutions offered to iThink) where you can find thinking about problems and solutions that are being put forward by the people of Western Australia. Just like this site those ideas are put forward and then voted upon to surface the greatest areas of need. The ideas that arise on the iThink site area great starting point for your problem-solving journey.

You’ll also be able to identify issues that concern people on News websites (especially in the comments sections), social media posts, websites for associations, groups and organisations that your care about, blog posts, instagram, and many, many others.

“The fear of being different prevents most people from seeking new ways to solve their problems.”

Robert Kiyosaki