Sustainable Mathematical Foundations: STEM-enriched Modelling

Project dates: 07/03/2022 - Ongoing

The purpose of this project is to introduce a new approach to advancing mathematics learning and problem solving across Years 1-3. Mathematical modelling will be broadened to incorporate foundational engineering design processes and science competencies. Students will become adaptive problem solvers and innovative learners in generating and applying discipline knowledge in solving complex, system-based problems. The research will be conducted in a large K-12 school in Brisbane. In 2022, the project will include grade 1, progressing to grade 2 in 2023 and grade 3 in 2024.

Teachers will be involved in the design and delivery of learning activities that will be included in the regular learning program for the classes. The foci of the project are on the way in which students work through the activities and the understanding demonstrated in the work they produce. In advancing both theory and practice, the project will contribute to knowledge of primary students’ problem-solving capabilities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and will inform ways of enhancing implementation of the Australian Curriculum in those disciplines.

Funding / Grants

  • ARC Discovery (2022 - 2024)

Chief Investigators


Other Team Members

Associate Professor Megan Wickstrom (PI) (Montana State University)

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