Over the past few years Engineers Australia has worked with Engineering Studies teachers in the Newcastle area to develop an understanding of the needs of these teachers in the effective delivery of the Engineering Studies curriculum.
We created a pilot program where we hosted a seminar/workshop/networking style forum in weeks 3 and 7 of each term that focuses on modules in the current year 11 and 12 syllabus providing current industry information as well as practical application of aspects of engineering.
Resources have now been developed in collaboration with the Engineering Studies teachers for use by the teachers. Teachers attend one and a half hour sessions twice per school term (face to face or webinar) to develop and improved understanding and appreciation of the field of engineering included in the resource materials.
Through the delivery of this course over the past three years, the content has been continuously improved, and the number schools engaged with our program has grown from six to seventy. Now that the course has been endorsed by NESA we will start to deliver the program across NSW.
Completing each of the Engineering Studies Modules will contribute 1 hour and 30 minutes of NESA Registered PD addressing 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.
We cover eight modules with two per term (during weeks 3 and 7).