WeSTEM

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A partnership with Catholic Education

Read stories of practice from WeSTEM on the Scienceworks STEM blog.

Is your school thinking about STEM? Join over 30 Western Region Catholic schools as they discover best practice for integrating new and emerging technologies into classroom inquiry units. Work with Scienceworks staff and STEM experts to learn about real world applications and contexts to share with your students.

WeSTEM is a partnership between Museums Victoria and the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria, established to connect and empower Western Region schools in the teaching of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

WeSTEM 1.0, in 2016-2017, supported teachers in Catholic Schools in the Western Region to adopt project-based STEM and begin the new digital technologies curriculum. To see a list of all the 1.0 projects, download the summary PDF at the bottom of this page.

WeSTEM 2.0, in 2018-2019, includes professional learning for teachers and builds student capacity for leadership and agency in their own learning. Schools have received support in planning and delivering long-term STEM projects integrating Victorian Curriculum areas such as Digital Technologies, Design and Technologies, Mathematics, Science as well as cross-curricular capabilities including Critical and Creative Thinking.

WeSTEM 2.1, in early 2019, will replicate the success of version 2.0, with learning from the previous iteration incorporated. We are currently taking registrations (see link below) for WeSTEM 2.1.
 

Scienceworks supports schools with:

  • Professional learning at Scienceworks
  • Support to initiate and develop your own STEM projects with your students
  • Support to develop student leadership in STEM
  • Community of practice to share your STEM journey with and provide support - both online and in person at meetings and PDs
     

When?

When? The next round of WeSTEM for both primary and secondary teachers begins in late July 2019.
 

Cost

Free for Western Region Catholic schools
 

How do schools get involved?

If you a Western Region Catholic school, please fill in this registration form.
  

Participating WeSTEM schools

1.0 (2016-2017)

  • St Lawrence Primary School, Derrimut (Hub Leader)
  • St Peter Chanel Primary School, Deer Park
  • St James the Apostle Primary School, Hoppers Crossing North
  • St Peter Apostle Primary School, Hoppers Crossing
  • Queen of Peace Primary School, Altona Meadows (Hub Leader)
  • Mother of God Primary School, Ardeer
  • St Bernadette’s Primary School, Sunshine North
  • Our Lady of the Southern Cross Primary School, Wyndham Vale
  • St Leo the Great Primary School, Altona North
  • Lumen Christi Primary School, Point Cook
  • St John’s Primary School, Footscray
  • St Margaret Mary’s Primary School, Spotswood
  • Sacred Heart Primary School, Newport
  • Christ the King Primary School, Newcomb (Hub Leader)
  • St Thomas Aquinas Primary School, Norlane
  • Holy Spirit Primary School, Manifold Heights
  • St Aloysius Primary School, Queenscliff
  • St Patrick’s Primary School, Geelong West
  • St Anthony’s Primary School, Lara
  • St Margaret’s Primary School, East Geelong
  • MacKillop College, Werribee (Hub Leader)
  • Marian College, Sunshine West
  • St Clare's Primary, Truganina South (Hub Leader)
  • Christ the Priest Primary, Caroline Springs
  • St Theresa's Primary, Albion
  • Stella Maris Catholic Primary School, Point Cook West
  • St Mary's Primary School, Altona
  • Holy Family Primary, Bell Park Geelong (Hub Leader)
  • Nazareth Primary, Grovedale
  • Emmanuel College, Altona
  • St Thomas' Primary, Drysdale

2.0 (2018-2019)

  • St Anthony's, Lara
  • St Mary's, Altona
  • St Therese, Torquay
  • St Mary of the Cross, Point Cook
  • St Thomas Aquinas, Norlane
  • St Margaret’s Primary, Geelong East
  • Mother of God, Ardeer
  • St Augustine's, Yarraville

Curriculum links

  • Civics and Citizenship
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technologies (Design and Digital)
  • Critical and Creative Thinking Capability
  • Ethical Capability
  • Personal and Social Capability