Methodist Ladies’ College
Anne-Marie Williams
MLC – Science Department
Evidence …. Student numbers
Over the past five years, student numbers in every
science subject in Year 11 and 12 at MLC ha...
Evidence ….subject scores
The Victorian state average of students achieving
a VCE subject study score of over 40 is 9%.
At...
Evidence ….subject scores
Similar levels of performance exist in IB…
IB Subject Average World Grade Average MLC Grade
Biol...
Evidence …. Tertiary selection
In 2013 302 students completed year 12 at MLC of
these students…
60 entered … ‘Natural and ...
So how have we achieved these results?
So how have we achieved these results?
• staff
So how have we achieved these results?
• Staff
• Curriculum
So how have we achieved these results?
• Staff
• Curriculum
• Co-Curricular Activities
Year 7
• Gummy Bears Experimental Research
Year 8 Science Talent Search
Year 9
• Alternative Energy Investigations
Year 10
• Individual Investigations
Physics related topics
Year 7 - Robotics
Year 8 Electricity
Year 8 Electricity
Year 8 Electricity
• Makey Makey
Year 9 Bridge Building
Year 10 Forces and Motion
Year 11 Physics
Year 12 Physics
Year 12 Physics
• Synchrotron
Co-Curricular Activities
Co-Curricular Activities
• Astronomy
Co-Curricular Activities
Co-Curricular Activities
• Robotics Competition
Co-Curricular Activities
• STAV STEM Presentation Australian Grand
Prix
Co-Curricular Activities
• Spaghetti Machine Competition
Jessica Anderson
Factors that influence whether students
continue with STEM subjects
• Encouragement to be curious, to think, to
wonder …. ...
Anne-Marie Williams - Methodist Ladies College - Schools Showcase - providing supportive and enriching learning environmen...
Anne-Marie Williams - Methodist Ladies College - Schools Showcase - providing supportive and enriching learning environmen...
Anne-Marie Williams - Methodist Ladies College - Schools Showcase - providing supportive and enriching learning environmen...
Anne-Marie Williams - Methodist Ladies College - Schools Showcase - providing supportive and enriching learning environmen...
Anne-Marie Williams - Methodist Ladies College - Schools Showcase - providing supportive and enriching learning environmen...
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Anne-Marie Williams - Methodist Ladies College - Schools Showcase - providing supportive and enriching learning environments for girls in STEM

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Anne-Marie Williams delivered the presentation at the 2014 STEM Conference.

The STEM Education Conference in 2014 looked not only at some of the key advantages and critical gaps in STEM education but also explore the policy and strategy settings that can enable participation and quality learning of STEM.

For more information about the event, please visit: http://bit.ly/STEMConf2014

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Anne-Marie Williams - Methodist Ladies College - Schools Showcase - providing supportive and enriching learning environments for girls in STEM

  1. 1. Methodist Ladies’ College Anne-Marie Williams
  2. 2. MLC – Science Department
  3. 3. Evidence …. Student numbers Over the past five years, student numbers in every science subject in Year 11 and 12 at MLC have increased, against the national trend. Student enrolments Biology Chemistry Physics Yr 11 Yr 12 Yr 11 Yr 12 Yr 11 Yr 12 2009 71 91 150 115 31 15 2014 119 101 144 119 34 20 % increase 25% 5.2% 1.7% 4.6% 14.3% Senior School Increase 30.2% 1.7% 18.9% At Year 11 and 12 in Senior School in 2014, 73% of the cohort are studying at least one science subject.
  4. 4. Evidence ….subject scores The Victorian state average of students achieving a VCE subject study score of over 40 is 9%. At MLC the percentage of students receiving a score over 40 in … Biology 15.3 %, Chemistry 14.9%, Physics 25% Psychology 28.2%
  5. 5. Evidence ….subject scores Similar levels of performance exist in IB… IB Subject Average World Grade Average MLC Grade Biology HL 4.79 5.89 Biology SL 4.07 5.71 Chemistry HL 5.18 5.72 Chemistry SL 4.51 5.88 Physics HL 5.21 7.00 Physics SL 4.62 6.00
  6. 6. Evidence …. Tertiary selection In 2013 302 students completed year 12 at MLC of these students… 60 entered … ‘Natural and Physical Sciences’ 40 entered … ‘Health’ related Tertiary courses
  7. 7. So how have we achieved these results?
  8. 8. So how have we achieved these results? • staff
  9. 9. So how have we achieved these results? • Staff • Curriculum
  10. 10. So how have we achieved these results? • Staff • Curriculum • Co-Curricular Activities
  11. 11. Year 7 • Gummy Bears Experimental Research
  12. 12. Year 8 Science Talent Search
  13. 13. Year 9 • Alternative Energy Investigations
  14. 14. Year 10 • Individual Investigations
  15. 15. Physics related topics
  16. 16. Year 7 - Robotics
  17. 17. Year 8 Electricity
  18. 18. Year 8 Electricity
  19. 19. Year 8 Electricity • Makey Makey
  20. 20. Year 9 Bridge Building
  21. 21. Year 10 Forces and Motion
  22. 22. Year 11 Physics
  23. 23. Year 12 Physics
  24. 24. Year 12 Physics • Synchrotron
  25. 25. Co-Curricular Activities
  26. 26. Co-Curricular Activities • Astronomy
  27. 27. Co-Curricular Activities
  28. 28. Co-Curricular Activities • Robotics Competition
  29. 29. Co-Curricular Activities • STAV STEM Presentation Australian Grand Prix
  30. 30. Co-Curricular Activities • Spaghetti Machine Competition
  31. 31. Jessica Anderson
  32. 32. Factors that influence whether students continue with STEM subjects • Encouragement to be curious, to think, to wonder …. To test and to try.. • A belief that science is understandable … not a secret. • Courses filled with practical activities. • Making connections …seeing that science is relevant. • Positive experience …. with topics aligned with Physics. • Staff that are passionate , enthusiastic and engaging.

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