Teacher Professional Learning

For: Secondary School Teachers

Programs will commence on Tuesday 9 May 2017

UniSA Connect offers a range of teacher professional learning opportunities for secondary school teachers to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in schools. Workshops focus on new technologies such as 3D Printers and VX Sport units which utilise GPS technology.

Professional development programs include:

Each of these programs is free of charge and will be held at Whyalla Campus.

At completion of workshops, teachers are provided with certificates which reflect the Teacher Professional Learning standards.

Details about each of these sessions are provided below.

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Career Awareness

The Career Awareness teacher professional learning program provides career match profile training which can be utilised in the Year 10 Personal Learning Plan subject.

The career match profile is a psychometric profile used to identify potential career paths that suit each student. These profiles take into account each student’s personality type, interests and values. This innovative approach allows secondary students to broaden their career horizons through career mapping. It also promotes awareness of higher education study options.

Training sessions are facilitated at school sites to relevant staff (including Personal Learning Plan teachers) who are interested in being able to facilitate career match profile sessions for their students. The sessions are conducted for one hour and as part of this, participants will complete an individual career match profile and analyse it.  The career match profiles can be supplied by the University for use in secondary schools.

Engineers Without Borders

Engineers Without Borders Australia (EWB) is to engineering what Medicins Sans Frontieres is to medicine. It is an organisation that focusses on developing community based, small scale, grassroots engineering programs that are innovative, appropriate to the needs of local people and environment, and sustainable. It works in close collaboration with developing communities both in Australia and overseas, assisting them to gain access to the knowledge, resources and technologies they need to improve their livelihoods.

UniSA Connect’s ‘Engineers Without Borders’ program, introduces students to the work of EWB and undertakes two interactive challenges based on the themes of access to clean water and saving energy.

The session concludes with a presentation of successful EWB projects, to show how engineering can and does improve people’s lives.

Some schools use this program as a cross disciplinary initiative in their schools.

Introduction to 3D Printing

This is an interactive 3D Printing workshop designed to introduce teachers to 3D printing.  During the workshop, participants have the opportunity to design and print a personalised key tag and be provided with background information and future applications in advanced manufacturing.



Improving your 3D Printing

This 3D Printing workshop is offered for teachers who have some experience with 3D printers, or who have completed the introductory course.  The workshop explores topics such as how to increase the speed of prints, software enhancements and new materials that are available for printing. There will be opportunities to ask specific questions relating to your school’s needs.

DST Group Radar Technology

This program has been developed in conjunction with the Defence Science and Technology Group to demonstrate applications of radar technology. An audio radar is used as a learning tool in an experimental workshop looking at the concepts of reflection and Doppler shift. The program links with the ‘Waves’ section of the SACE Stage 1 Physics curriculum.

Teachers will have an opportunity to work through the practical which uses principle of reflection to determine the speed of sound in air and then Doppler shift to determine the speed of a moving object.

Teachers will receive a copy of the AURA software and worksheets relating to the practical, enabling them to run similar programs in a school setting.


Each program is free of charge.

Sessions will be offered throughout the year. Some programs can be negotiated for individual school groups.

Teacher Professional Learning certificates are issued for teachers who attend these programs.



STEM Programs  

Teacher Professional Learning 
DST Group Radar Technology
Improving Your 3D Printing
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