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Holy Trinity Lutheran College teacher Samantha Engert wins STEM scholarship

OPPORTUNITY: Horsham Holy Trinity Lutheran College science teacher Samantha Engert with students Josh Amilegbe, left, and Jordan Friberg. Mrs Engert won a scholarship to attend STEM X Academy in Canberra in January. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

OPPORTUNITY: Horsham Holy Trinity Lutheran College science teacher Samantha Engert with students Josh Amilegbe, left, and Jordan Friberg. Mrs Engert won a scholarship to attend STEM X Academy in Canberra in January. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Holy Trinity Lutheran College middle school science and maths teacher Samantha Engert has won a scholarship to further develop the school’s STEM-based teaching resources.
Mrs Engert won her spot after entering the 2018 STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – Challenge.
Entrants were required to write and submit a STEM question that challenges and inspires students to come up with a solution to a real-world problem centred on the theme of National Science Week.
Mrs Engert’s submission was: “Keeping in mind their limitations, design a model home that would best provide a shelter that could be constructed with minimal materials, machinery and cost. Think carefully about exposure to weather such as wind, rain, snow; and about the need for a strong, durable structure. Ability to move this structure could also be a consideration.”
Mrs Engert made it into the top three, scoring a scholarship to STEM X Academy in Canberra in January next year.
“Reaching the top three finalists was definitely not expected – I was quite surprised to be a finalist at all,” she said.
“The week-long professional development conference should be an amazing learning experience.
“I’m looking forward to the hands-on experiences, networking opportunities, new ideas and challenging my own understanding to be a better teacher. 
Holy Trinity Lutheran College science teacher Samantha Engert.

Holy Trinity Lutheran College science teacher Samantha Engert.


“I enjoy teaching STEM classes and the thinking skills and problem solving it encourages, so this event should be a worthwhile learning experience.”
Professional learning
STEM X Academy is a professional learning program for teachers that focuses on building their skills in designing, developing and implementing STEM-based teaching resources through hands-on, inquiry-based lessons.
The program aims to enable teachers to walk away with confidence, enthusiasm and ability to create high-quality classroom activities that tap new ideas in STEM.
Students across Australia are celebrating National Science Week this week.
This year’s theme is ‘game changers and game makers’.
Mrs Engert said Holy Trinity Lutheran College would host several activities designed to motivate students’ interest in science, to inspire them as the game changers and game makers of tomorrow.
“In addition to the planned classroom activities during the week, our year eight students will help lead lunch-time activities organised to engage students in catapult building, buoyant boat challenges, tower construction, microscopic examinations and a fossil hunt,” she said.
“A middle and senior school science night is also being organised for later in the term, showcasing the scientific learning that takes place at the college.”

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