Michael Myers has a few ideas about how to help teachers with the daily challenge of making kids want to learn. His students are involved in projects that many are happy to keep working on after school and during lunch breaks.
He has introduced students to projects such as making and racing small Formula One cars, creating remote-controlled 4X4 vehicles and submarines and designing a hospital on Mars.
Many Australian schools are turning to consultants such as REA, which was founder by Dr Myers, to ensure students receive best-practice STEM training and information. Social Ventures Australia, for example, works with corporate sponsors to improve access to STEM educational opportunities for students experiencing disadvantage. Another independent primary and secondary schools program provider, STEM Punks Ventures, has been nominated as a finalist in the 2019 Telstra People’s Choice Awards.
“Over the past few years, STEM education has lost its way,” Dr Myers says. “STEM is not a game and it’s not about what you learn. STEM is about what you do with what you learn.”