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.
The DIL Program is a resource kit to help teachers connect Year 2 students to the world of careers, life skills and STEM through 6x curriculum-linked modules that are delivered in the classroom (live or online).
Supported by the organizations behind Australia's electricity networks, the DIL program also brings university students and industry professionals into your classroom to talk with your students, with the benefit a curriculum-aligned framework.
To date, 25 schools and 800+ students have experienced the program so far and we look forward to expanding to further schools.
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.
To access the API DIL program resources, submit your registration here!
QUESTIONS AND/OR CONTACT: Program Manager: Jane Smith