North Sydney Boys High School
Workshop: Low Cost, High Value iSTEM Programs
(Workshop videos launching Monday 19 April 2021)
Workshop OutlineLow Cost, High Value iSTEM ProgramsIn this workshop, two Case Studies with complimentary free resources will be presented:
- Academically challenging programs for cheap: 3D Printed Drones–A $120 DIY drone kit provided higher quality learning outcomes compared to $2000 kits offered by private educational companies.This unique Stage 5 iSTEM unit of work will be explained and I’llprovide tips about methods for implementation and how to maximise student learning outcomes.
- Initiating STEM Collaboration: Biomedical Innovation–My experience collaborating with cross-faculty colleagues enhanced STEM program development in areas outside of my specific teaching domain. I will share the journey and development of an iSTEM BiomedicalInnovation unit as a product of my experience.This unit encourages students to inquire into modern innovative biomedical technologies and apply a new technology to a biomedical problem they feel passionate about.
Nicholas Shirlaw is a STEM Coordinator and TAS teacher currently working at North Sydney Boys High School. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology and has previously worked in a variety of comprehensive, co-ed and single-sex schools in Australia and the UK. For the past three years, he has led the implementation of the Stage 5 iSTEM course, Stage 4 Technology Mandatory Digital Technologies update and several other STEM/PBL initiatives within his school.