Using sport to engage students in STEM education for deeper learning!
Sport Tech Learn (STL) was created with the understanding that creating intrinsic and embodied connections for students to Maths and Science using a medium such as sport develops ‘hidden capital.’
Science and Mathematical skills are identified in current research as underpinning 75% of the future occupations (Becker & Park 2011; Panizzon et al. 2018). However, recent STEM education research reveals, for example, that 42% of 15-year-old’s are not proficient in maths (Foundation for Young Australians 2015). Sport Tech Learn has a specialist understanding of this gap in middle school students’ learning and uses sport as a vehicle to address it.
What does Sport Tech Learn (STL) stand for and why:
S = Sport.
We know Australian kids love sport, with 3.5 million (74%) participating in a sport or physical activity outside of school hours in 2017 (Australian Sports Commission 2018).
T = two important meanings.
1. The program incorporates technological aspects through direct links to the Digital Technology curriculum. Integrating sport science technology and identifying activities that develop computational thinking.
2. We allow students the ability to explore the technical aspects of the sports they are passionate about and make direct, real-life links to STEM concepts.
L = Learn
STL’s resources draw upon research that deeper stimulation, understanding, and greater student retention by making direct connections with sports they play and watch. We want to create lifelong memories (#STEMories), giving students a newfound excitement for STEM.