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The STELR team would like to congratulate Connie Cirkony who has joined the 'Q Project' at Monash University Faculty of Education. Connie has recently been completing a PhD in science education and has been collaborating with the STELR team writing curriculum material and presenting at conferences. The Q Project aims to help schools to use research evidence to improve teaching and...

Applications will open for the 2019 Prime Ministers Prizes in Science on 6 February. There are two prizes awarded for teachers – one primary and one secondary. Each prize is valued at $50,000....

The Smart Energy Council reports that Solar PV records are tumbling with nearly three times the number of solar panel installations in 2018 compared with 2017. There was over 40 per cent growth in the residential and commercial sectors. NSW was the largest market for residential solar PV in 2018 with 326 MW installed and the state took top spot for...

In early 2017 STELR News reported on research being undertaken at UNSW to make solar cells from a material known as perovskite, instead of the more conventional silicon cells. Perovskite is a mineral of calcium titanium oxide (CaTiO3) that was discovered in the Ural Mountains in 1839 and named for Russian mineralogist Lev Perovski. Now the term ‘perovskite’ refers to any...

This article is reproduced with permission from Lablines, Vol 38, No. 4, the journal of the Laboratory Technicians' Association of Victoria By Andrea Waddell (Bernard's Daughter) Director Technos Pty. Ltd. Industrial Equipment and Control   It is with sadness we acknowledge the passing of Mr. Bernard Hodson - Managing Director of Industrial Equipment & Control Pty Ltd. Bernard passed away on 7th September, 2018. At 78, Bernard was...

The Study STELR has collaborated with CSIRO and Stanford University to conduct a study on the durability of CSIRO’s printed flexible solar panels in a ‘non-laboratory’ environment. A secondary aim of the study is to develop awareness of this next generation solar technology. We are writing to you to seek expressions of interest (EoI) from schools who would like to take part...

STELR has recently uploaded three new careers videos, that have been shared with us by one of our sponsors, the Australian Power Institute. The three power engineers are from different backgrounds and work in different aspects of the industry.  Kanchana is a mechatronics engineer who can control power plants all over the world. Ed is a mechanical engineer who works...

The STELR STEM Training workshop for Teachers and Education Personnel of the  Asian - Pacific was held in Bandung Indonesia from 1 to 5 October 2018. The workshop was hosted and administered by the South East Asia Ministers of Education Organisation QITEP in Science and was conducted by a STELR team lead by Peter Pentland and including academics from Charles Darwin,...

  . STELR would like to congratulate all the winners of the 2018 Prime Minister’s Science Prizes. In particular, we congratulate Dr Scott Sleap who won the Prize for Excellence in Secondary Education. Scott has been a champion of the STELR program since 2013 when he started working with Regional Development Australia– Hunter (RDA Hunter) to build a curriculum model that integrates...

Applications for funding from the Aurizon Community Giving Fund close on 26 October 2018. Not-for-profit organisations such as schools can apply for grants of up to $20,000 in five different areas including education and the environment, which align with the STELR principles. The eligible organisations/programs need to be located in areas where Aurizon operates: North Queensland Central Queensland South East Queensland South...