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Last week, at the Academy's Innovation Dinner in Sydney, Orica was recognized for its 10 years of sponsorship of the STELR Program.  Pictured above is Hans Zenk (right), Senior Manager Emerging Technologies at Orica, accepting a certificate of appreciation and acknowledgement form Academy President Hugh Bradlow. Orica's ongoing sponsorship of STELR has supported the development of new curriculum materials, the...

Find out about microrecycling in this Academy podcast.   Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla, an Academy Fellow at UNSW, is pioneering microrecycling … breaking down waste at a molecular level....

Yesterday, Peter Pentland, the Academy's Executive Manager, Schools Programs, visited Laurentian Regional High School, our only STELR school in Canada. The school has 550 students from around the region, with some travelling by bus for an hour and a half. In the French speaking province of Quebec, students can only attend an English language school if one parent also went...

Whilst visiting Kingston Ontario, STELR’s Peter Pentland attended Science Rendezvous Kingston hosted by Queens University at the Leon’s Centre. The family event was held on Saturday 11 May and transformed the venue into a sort of pop-up science discovery centre with over 20 organisations attending including the Canadian Space agency, robotics teams and several departments of the university. Peter said it...

We always welcome feedback and photos of STELR in use. Tammy, one of the teachers at Corona Foothills Middle School in Vail Arizona, has sent us photos of her students using STELR Renewable Energy equipment at their school.    ...

Are you interested in activities that: Encourage curiosity in the STEM disciplines with your year 2 students Support teaching and learning in the Australian Curriculum around Science, Mathematics and Technologies Have a Design and Technology focus and are easy to use Focus on developing students 21st Century skills aligned with the general capabilities – Critical & Creative Thinking...

This prize is open to students in Years 7 - 10 from schools across Australia. Students are asked to write an 800-word essay on the theme: "Not-so-smart Technology". Further details, including tips for students and teachers, last year's winning entry  and a competition poster can be found on the  Careers with STEM website Entries can be submitted from 29 April 2019 until...

STELR Renewable Energy and Electricity & Energy Teacher Professional Learning Session You are invited to attend this hands-on workshop for primary and secondary teachers implementing the STELR Renewable Energy and/or the Electricity and Energy  program in their schools and those wanting to try out the equipment and activities.  Date:  Tuesday, 25 June, 2019 Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm Venue:  Coonabarabran Public School,  Newell Highway, Coonabarabran, NSW...

A South Australian Company, CCT Energy Storage has recently launched a new way to store energy, the thermal battery. The battery, known as a Thermal Energy Device (or TED) can store electrical energy as thermal energy by heating and melting a unique phase change material. The company says that the energy is stored at more than 12 times the density...

On Monday 25 March, Dr Erol Harvey and Associate Professor Guillaume Lessene spoke to students at a Morning tea event at Casey Tech School in Berwick, Victoria. Dr Harvey won the 2018 Clunies Ross Entrepreneur of the Year Award for his work setting up an export business. Minifab, based around micro fluidics He spoke to the students about this and his...