Practical Steps for STEM Inquiry

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This course will help you understand what STEM is and practical steps to incorporate strategies for STEM inquiry into everyday learning experiences. It will provide you with practical examples and activities that can be used in your primary classroom. You’ll learn:

  • What STEM is and the importance of an integrated teaching approach.
  • How to identify concepts of STEM and make connections to everyday learning experiences.
  • Strategies for STEM inquiry, including:
    • Using the real world problems, issues and ideas.
    • Posing questions and challenges.
    • Planning STEM experiences.
    • Retrying, recreating and reflecting.
    • Sharing the success and failures.
  • A range of practical activities to incorporate STEM into your teaching.
  • Ways to differentiate activities to suit your learning intentions.


This course will take 2 hours to complete. Enjoy it in one session or spread it out over a few weeks.


This course is on-demand and for private study. Learn at your own pace and at times that suit you. Get a certificate when you finish. You will have ongoing access.


  • Learning areas: Science, Technologies, Mathematics.
  • General capabilities: Numeracy, Information and Communication Technology, Critical and Creative Thinking.


This course is mapped to the Professional Standards for Teachers. It is accredited for teacher professional development hours in the following states and territories:

Proficient Teacher – all states and territories except NSW
1.5.2 Develop teaching activities that incorporate differentiated strategies to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities.
2.1.2 Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities.
3.3.2 Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem solving and critical and creative thinking.
3.4.2 Select and/or create and use a range of resources, including ICT, to engage students in their learning.

Highly Accomplished Teacher – all states and territories except NSW
2.1.3 Support colleagues using current and comprehensive knowledge of content and teaching strategies to develop and implement engaging learning and teaching programs.
3.3.3 Support colleagues to select and apply effective teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem solving and Critical and Creative Thinking
3.4.3 Assist colleagues to create, select and use a wide range of resources, including ICT, to engage students in their learning.

    This course is accredited by TQI for 2 hours professional development for teachers in the ACT.

NSW Government Waratah Logo Completing Use Thinking Tools to Strengthen the Primary Curriculum will contribute 2 hours and 0 minutes of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 3.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.”



Tracey Gray is a Scientist and an experienced science classroom teacher and early learning educator. She is passionate about creating innovative programs that integrate STEM and STEAM techniques and promote creative thinking, curiosity and problem solving. Tracey loves working with teachers and early childhood educators to improve their teaching practice and build their confidence in teaching STEM.




Gabrielle Munro has worked in the education sector for over 12 years as a classroom teacher and tertiary educator of pre-service teachers. She loves working with teachers to develop practical teaching skills while challenging them to think creatively about how best to teach their students.

As a not-for-profit organisation all revenue from our Professional Development courses is reinvested into providing teachers with the resources to become the designers of exceptional learning.

Reviews for Practical Steps for STEM Inquiry

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"I really liked the practical tips throughout these lessons. I also liked the structure to making sure that it is a STEM activity and extending the learning of the students."