CSIRO Education and Outreach, on behalf of the BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards, are pleased to offer in-service teachers in Whyalla, the opportunity to engage in a professional learning workshop: Moving Towards Open Inquiry with the CREST Awards Program.

CREST provides professional learning and resources to support teachers to facilitate students as they undertake inquiries. Inquiry is an approach to teaching and learning that enables students to explore the world around them, act upon their curiosity, and question their own understandings of the world. Through this approach learners construct deep, reliable and lasting ideas about the world; develop skills and capacities for thinking, learning and acting scientifically; and, acquire dispositions valuable for citizenship in a rapidly changing world - valuing of science, curiosity, actively open-minded thinking, perseverance, and scepticism. Each of these dispositions is important for students to navigate their future, face challenges, and advance society.

Open inquiry empowers and motivates students to take responsibility for their learning through:
  • Active engagement in the identification and definition of a problem;
  • Generation of questions they want to answer;
  • The design of an investigation to answer their questions; and
  • Evaluation of their findings, and reflection upon the inquiry journey.
Moving Towards Open Inquiry with the CREST Awards Program
  • 4 hours face-to-face workshop (catered)
  • Unpacking the inquiry continuum
  • 5Es, finding questions, constructing explanations, 5Rs reflection
This workshop is for teachers who would like to build confidence for facilitating open inquiry in their STEM classrooms. Teachers will explore the 5Es framework for planning inquiry units, strategies for finding and refining inquiry questions, a scaffold for constructing explanations, and a framework for reflecting on their own experiences and practices, which may be tailored for student use.

Such inquiries are ideal for submission to Science Teacher Association contests, and qualify them to be entered into the BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards.

As an educator in the Mt Gambier region, you are invited to join CSIRO Education Specialists for a four-hour workshop at the Aboriginal Education Room, Stuart Highschool on Wednesday 20 March 2019, 8.30am – 12.30pm.

A letter of support from your supervisor, on organisational letterhead, must be provided prior to commencement of the program. This can either be uploaded during registration or emailed to Michael Page, Awards Manager, Education and Outreach, CSIRO at bhpfsea@csiro.au by 5pm Monday 18 March 2019.

A minimum of ten teachers are required for us to go ahead with the session, so please forward this on to encourage your colleagues to attend. We look forward to seeing you at the workshop!

The CSIRO Education and Outreach team