The AustSTEM Foundation

The AustSTEM Foundation is a not-for-profit charity established in Australia in 2017. Our registered ABN is 36 622 569 626.

Our Vision is to provide every year 5 student and their teachers at all schools across Australia free access to a micro computer; application software; lesson resources; and the support to fully engage them with the exciting new digital world around them.

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The Challenge

The latest results from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) published in December 2019 show that Australian students have been steadily falling behind their international peers in Mathematics, Science, and Reading for at least the last decade.

Breaking down the results, an average 15 year old in remote Australia is around 1.5 years behind metropolitan students in Science, and significantly below the OECD average in Mathematics.

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The Issues

The issues giving rise to these depressing statistics have been extensively researched. Those that AustSTEM seeks to address are:

  • Complexity of existing technology education tools
  • Lifting teachers' skills and confidence in teaching STEM
  • Difficulty of conducting experiential professional learning at scale
  • Lack of STEM equity across Australian schools
  • Limited use of technology to enhance subjects across the curriculum

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The STEM Experiential Learning Journey

The STEM Experiential Learning Journey is a programme developed by AustSTEM to address all of the above issues.

It will equip teachers and their students from Stage 3 to Stage 6 with the necessary skills to recognise, organise, evaluate, and use the data that is increasingly part of our everyday life.

It is based upon the Kookaberry and its associated apps, peripherals and learning plans.

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The Potential

Our world today is filled with  sensors that transmit what they measure as data over the internet to computers for analysis; and to control devices which respond accordingly.

Called the Internet of Things (IoT) , the information being gathered can help us better understand climate change; reduce waste and improve energy efficiency.

The Kookaberry can be programmed to work with very inexpensive sensors and control elements to simulate the Internet of Things (IoT) in the classroom - like the weather station shown here

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The Kookaberry Platform

AustSTEM has collaborated with Australian industry and academia over the last three years to develop the Kookaberry technology platform in accordance with a Design Brief resolving many of the technology issues described in the Issues section above

Learn more about the Design Brief and the Kookaberry back story→

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The Kookaberry Ecosystem

The Kookaberry platform exists within an ecosystem of learning plans; pre-coded drag-and-drop applications; plug-and-play sensors, control elements and  visual and text based MicroPython code editors.

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The AustSTEM Board

The current (July 2020) AustSTEM Board comprises three Directors with extensive engineering design, consulting, and project experience.

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