The American Museum of Science's leading STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program has been adapted for delivery into Australian schools.
Raytheon Australia and Questacon, Australia's National Science and Technology Centre, marked their 10 years of partnership with the announcement of the Engineering is Elementary program.
The program will provide teachers with a framework to deliver content aligned with the Australian curriculum that engages teachers to find engineering solutions through the use of hands-on problem solving.
Raytheon’s sponsorship will fund the professional learning for up to 40 teachers in Canberra and South Australia who will implement the program. Teachers will participate in a series of workshops and be given resource kits, in-class support and access to online support materials including activities and class observation videos.
Managing director of Raytheon Michael Ward said the defence company's partnership with Questacon will aid in the development of future Australian engineers across the defence and commercial sectors.
"As Australia’s leading systems integrator, we play a critical role in motivating young people to continue their studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics," said Ward.
"This expansion of our partnership with Questacon will help to develop the next generation of Australian engineers and ensure the nation’s future workforce has the skills they need to be successful."
Following the initial phase of the program, a Teacher Educator Institute Workshop will be rolled out to additional teachers who will receive training, resources and materials to facilitate their own Engineering is Elementary program in their schools.
"Every year Questacon continues to engage, connect and inspire all Australians through programs delivered across the country," said Professor Graham Durant AM, director of Questacon.
"Raytheon’s investment in Engineering is Elementary will support primary school teachers in delivering real-world STEM examples and challenges for students to solve in the classroom."
This is not the first Questacon program Raytheon has contributed to. Previous programs include Innovation Factory - Invent and Play, a travelling exhibition which toured science centres around Australia and attracted over 600,000 visitors.
Raytheon also contributed to Schmidt Studio, Questacon's state-of-the-art digital digital broadcast studio which has reached 13,512 students at 387 schools.