IN BRIEF

STEM resources for schools

Innes Willox

School principals will have more than 250 science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs for students at their fingertips with the release of the first national STEM Program Index. SPI 2016 includes in-class, after school, holiday, residential and online activities, catering to a wide and growing range of students. Australian Industry Group Chief Executive Innes Willox said STEM skills should be provided “in the pipeline to the workforce” and added, “There are phenomenal resources outside the classroom waiting to be tapped in education: mentors, equipment, networks and above all, ideas.” The President of the Australian Primary Principals Association, Dennis Yarrington, said working with industry, university and other partners would help teachers bring new excitement to the classroom and give them new tools to work more effectively. The report can be downloaded here.

Close The Gap Day competition and resources

Would one of your students like to win a year’s supply of Free Trade chocolate? Or cameras and other prizes? Register without delay for the National Close the Gap Day Instagram Student Photo Challenge. The annual challenge gives students the chance to creatively explore issues surrounding health equality and share their vision around the country. National Close the Gap Day, on Thursday, March 17, provides a good opportunity for students to discuss national health equality issues as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture. Close The Gap is linked to the Australian Curriculum – year 10 geography and years 9 and 10 history. Register here to receive a free resource pack with Australian Curriculum aligned resources from Oxfam Australia. The resources will help students create and lead National Close the Gap Day events. Last year, more than 92,000 students and teachers took part in National Close the Gap Day activities. Register your class, year-level, or whole school here now.

Make a Science Movie competition

Set your students a special science assignment: grab a smartphone or a video-recorder, explain a science idea in 30 seconds, then enter it at the ABC’s Splash website here. The best three entries will be animated by ABC designers and published as a resource on the Splash website. The competition closes at 5pm on Friday, March 18.