Day of STEM and The Digital Technology Curriculum
Australian Curriculum Digital Technologies
The Day of STEM links to teaching and learning of the Australian Curriculum Digital Technologies. State and territory curriculum and school authorities are responsible for the implementation of the Australian Curriculum in their schools, in line with system and jurisdictional policies and requirements. They make decisions about the extent and timing of take-up and translation of the intended Australian Curriculum into the curriculum that is experienced by students.
Digital Technologies curriculum is structured differently within studies in different states and territories however the content and outcomes required are essentially the same. ACT, NT, QLD, SA, TAS and WA have implemented the Australian Curriculum as is. NSW has recently published the new Technology Curriculum inclusive of Digital Technology. The Victorian Curriculum varies in curriculum statements however outcomes are the same.
STEM skills when drawn from the current curriculum reflect the needs of modern workplaces particularly relevant to the disruptive technologies, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud, Social and Web. The Digital Technologies Curriculum is responsive to the STEM skills for the new wave of disruptive technologies beyond 2020, such as Artificial Intelligence, Connected Home, 3D printing, Cryptocurrencies, Mobile payments, Wearables, Genomics, Internet of Things, Robotics, Drones, Electric and connected cars, and Oculus Rift (VR). It also emphasis the combination of soft and hard work-ready skills that will prepare students to be agile in the ever increasing evolving STEM workplace.
Day of STEM Curricular Mapping
The Day of STEM program covers a diverse range of exciting careers with specialisations across innovative and emerging technologies. The table below maps Day of STEM programs to the Digital Technologies statements of learning with activities for teachers that augment the delivery in the classroom. For further information or assistance with using Day of STEM, please contact Renée Hoareau, Life Journey Director, Education and Engagement by emailing [email protected].
Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE)
The Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE) is an Education Partner of the Day of STEM. Martin Levins, President ACCE - Martin spoke about these Australian Curricula: Digital Technologies statements that directly relate to the Optus Cyber Security Experience, speaking at the launch at Macquarie Park, April 2017
Victorian Curriculum Digital Technologies relevance to Day of STEM Programs
The following is an example of the links of the Victorian Curriculum Digital Technologies to Program 4: Optus Cyber Security Experience:
Victorian Curriculum Statements Year 7 – 10
Level 7 - 8
- Digital Systems - Investigate how data are transmitted and secured in wired, wireless and mobile networks (VCDTDS035)
- Data and Information - Manage, create and communicate interactive ideas, information and projects collaboratively online, taking safety and social contexts into account (VCDTDI039)
- Digital Solutions - Evaluate how well student-developed solutions and existing information systems meet needs, are innovative and take account of future risks and sustainability (VCDTDI044)
Level 9 - 10
- Digital Systems - Investigate the role of hardware and software in managing, controlling and securing the movement of and access to data in networked digital systems (VCDTDS045)
- Data and Information - Develop techniques for acquiring, storing and validating quantitative and qualitative data from a range of sources, considering privacy and security requirements (VCDTDI047)
- Creating Digital Solutions - Evaluate critically how well student-developed solutions and existing information systems and policies take account of future risks and sustainability and provide opportunities for innovation (VCDTDI054)
Day of STEM Program 1: The STEM Cup ~ Collingwood AFL or South Sydney Rabbitoh NFL
STEM careers themes - Sports Analytics, Big Data and IoT
Sarah Hogan - Data Analytics Specialist Journey Roadmap links to the Digital Technologies and STEM Curriculum
- Statistics - Develop skills to examine basic and develop pictorial and analytical distributions - AU Curriculum mathematics
- Technology - Develop skills in computing fundamentals,software applications and the Internet - AU Curriculum Digital Technologies
- Sorting and Searching -Abstract problem and describe the solution as an algorithm - AU Curriculum Digital Technologies - Abstraction concept
- Data Threats - A data threat is an incident where potentially sensitive data has been viewed, stolen or used by an individual who is unauthorised to do so - AU Curriculum Digital Technologies-security and privacy of data
- Finance - Develop skills to understand the allocation of assets and liabilities over time under conditions of certainty and uncertainty - AU Curriculum-Financial literacy
- Big Data - Learn to analyse massive amounts of data for meaningful results - AU Curriculum mathematics
Understanding Heuristics - Gain a basic understanding of heuristics and backtracking - AU Curriculum mathematics - problem solving strategies