The Australian Power Institute (API) along with program partner The Australian Academy of Technology & Engineering (ATSE) have developed a STEM career awareness program for Year 2 students called Day in the Life of a Seven-Year-Old.
The API Day in the Life (DIL) program aims to extend the curiosity around STEM knowledge and skills through sparking awareness of how STEM careers impact the world immediately around a child’s day to day life.
VISION: To encourage curiosity in year 2 students in all schools across Australia by providing adaptable, practical and skills-based STEM related activities within their curriculum to raise awareness around future career pathways in STEM.
WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT:
1. Australia’s STEM trends and the future – Performance, take-up and Economic and Social Wellbeing
2. Recent research supports starting ‘career’ conversations at age 8*
PURPOSE OF PROGRAM:
- Encourage curiosity in the STEM disciplines with year 2 students using their daily routine to promotes awareness of how STEM careers impact the world immediately around a child’s day to day life
- Support teaching and learning in the Australian Curriculum around Science, Mathematics and Technologies by embedding this program as in curriculum activities that have a Design and Technology focus and are easy to use
- Focus on developing students 21st Century skills aligned with the general capabilities –Critical & Creative Thinking and Personal & Social Capability including collaboration, innovation and entrepreneurship
- Promote a common understanding of STEM amongst students, teachers and parents and the significance of this for future employability.
PUBLICATIONS:Download 2019 Post Pilot Report: March 2020. Download PDF newsletter outlining the Day in the Life Program update: December 2019. Download PDF brochure illustrating the Day in the Life Program Overview, Pilot 2018 results and plans for Pilot 2019.
QUESTIONS AND/OR CONTACT: Program Manager: Jane Smith