18 August 2017

With virtual reality headsets and a virtual classroom webinar, pupils at Bungaree Primary School experienced what the classroom of the future might look like as part of the CSIRO’s National Science Week celebrations.

Bungaree’s own WA Premier’s Primary Teacher of the Year 2016, Jodie Schicker, and science pupils welcome Madeleine King MP to their school to join in a virtual classroom discussion with scientists working in the international space industry.

“I had a fantastic morning at Bungaree Primary School, learning about the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects in schools while meeting the dedicated staff and children who were eager to engage and learn,” Ms King said.

“The webinar was a revelation in how far education methods have come with international scientists from the US, France, Australia and Brazil beaming in to share their knowledge with our children. And the virtual reality headsets brought science to life in a way my old school books could not.

“We know that 75 percent of the fastest growing occupations require STEM skills and knowledge, but participation in these subjects is declining. We cannot overstate the important role science teachers play in addressing this imbalance.”

Ms Schicker, head of the school science department, said children had a curiosity about the world and innovation in teaching helped foster their love of science.

“I know that children learn when they are engaged and this initiative is designed to inspire students about the possibilities of pursuing a future STEM career,” Ms Schicker said.

“Today’s demonstration of innovative teaching methods and technology showed the children that STEM is exciting and they could be our future science innovators should they pursue STEM careers.”

Some of the other activities Bungaree Primary School participated in during National Science Week included:

  • QR code science quiz race
  • Scitech visit
  • Family imovie challenge
  • Space egg drop