Applications Open for the 2012 ATSE STELR Program

Applications Open for the 2012 ATSE STELR Program

STELR (Science and Technology Education Leveraging Relevance) is an initiative of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE). This 6 to 10 week  inquiry-based program engages students through investigations into global warming, climate change and renewable energy resources, with a special focus on solar cells and wind turbines. ATSE is now accepting Expressions of Interest for the 2012 STELR Program. You are advised to submit an expression of interest as soon as possible, as the number of places are limited.

STELR operates within the curriculum so that all students can participate in the program. To meet the varying needs of different schools across Australia, STELR now provides teachers with the choice of three different curricula, each with their own set of resources.

1 The STELR Core Curriculum
This is a 6-10 week program designed for Year 9 students. The emphasis in this program is on the physical sciences.

2 The STELR Integrated Curriculum
This is a 10-12 week program designed for Year 9 students, although it also is very suitable for Year 10 students. In this curriculum, physical and chemical sciences are interwoven. Aspects of earth and space sciences and biological sciences are also included. Many of the experiments on electrical circuits, wind turbines and solar cells in this curriculum are the same as those in the core curriculum. However, this program includes a greater range of experiments and is more demanding than the core program.

3 The STELR Chemistry Curriculum
This is a 5-6 week chemistry program designed for Year 9 or Year 10 students. It is very suitable for Year 10 students who completed the STELR physical sciences program in the previous year.

For more information about the STELR Program, including program charts, curriculum charts, background information and career profiles visit the STELR website www.stelr.org.au To register an expression of interest complete the on-line application form

For all enquiries about the STELR Project please contact Peter Pentland, STELR Project Manager, at: peter.pentland@atse.org.au