Mission to Mars: integrated stem learning through drones, robots and coding

Joanna Blannin, Duncan Symons, Seamus Delaney

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract


This innovative showcase focuses on the integration of STEM learning domains within a complex, student-centred unit of study, research and creation. This showcase will present an argument for an integrated approach to STEM learning and teaching in schools. It will begin with a brief examination of the nature of integrated STEM learning and will be supported by literature. The showcase will then engage participants in a sequence of four hands-on activities, each of which will present a STEM learning concept and experience connected to the topic of the exploration of Mars. The three authors of this showcase will move between the activities to provide small-group support and guidance. The showcase will end with a review of concepts developed and questions raised. Participants will be encouraged to take photos and video of their learning experiences that will offer stimulus for ongoing learning back in their education settings. Participants will enhance their knowledge and skills of problem-based learning within an integrated STEM learning sequence. They will also gain an experience of integrated STEM learning from a student’s perspective while developing their own professional knowledge. This 90- minute innovative showcase will see participants engaged in hands-on practical learning and discovery with drones, robots and coding, and supported by expert leaders within the field.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Education Conference 2018 - Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 21 Nov 201823 Nov 2018
Conference number: 5th


ConferenceInternational Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Education Conference 2018
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