STEM Training for Teachers

What is STEM: Digital Technologies Design Thinking and why is it important?

STEM education is the learning of:

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  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics

Students will gain and apply knowledge, deepen their understanding and develop creative and critical thinking skills.

Our series of workshops not only highlight the roles Digital Technologies Teaching & Learning play in STEM Design Thinking but also, how STEM Design Thinking can enhance learning across the curriculum.

Future Focused Learning in STEM: Digital Technologies -Professional Development

STEM Courses for Teachers NSW - Sydney Newcastle Hunter » STEM CoursesCompleting all the Future Focused Learning : STEM Design Thinking workshops will contribute to a total of 15.30 hours  of NESA Registered PD. Addressing the standards descriptors 1.2.2, 2.2.2, 3.4.2 & 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation.


The Federal Government has initiated an increased focus on (STEM) and on innovation in Australian schools. This is in response to the need for a higher level of literacy around computer programming.

​In NSW The new Science and Technology syllabus has been developed using the established NSW Education Standards Authority syllabus development process. This includes a new emphasis and mandatory implementation of Digital Technologies, teaching and learning.

stem courses for teachers nsw - The Retreat Port Stephens

With the pending mandatory implementation the new Science & Technologies ( incorporating Digital Technologies outcomes)  in 2019, many schools are now asking the questions

  • Where can I find out more about Digital Technologies in the classroom?
  • How does STEM Design Teaching and Learning support the implementation of the new Science and Technology syllabus?
  • How is the inclusion of Digital Technologies linked to and included in this new syllabus and across the NSW Curriculum?

Our series of workshops not only highlight the roles Digital Technologies Teaching & Learning play in STEM Design Thinking but also, how STEM Design Thinking can enhance learning across the curriculum.

During our courses & workshops focused on Digital Technologies participants will-

  • Investigate ways to teach Digital Technologies in NSW classrooms using the NSW curriculum;
  • Investigate the K-6 Science and Technology Curriculum and 7-8 Tech Mandatory in the light of the expectations of 21st Century Pedagogies;
  • Gain a deeper understanding of subject outcomes and how these can be effectively and efficiently delivered and assessed in authentic and doable ways.

How does this work with The Retreat?

The Retreat has partnered with Future Thinkers 21st Century. Future Thinkers have been in teaching industry for over 25 years.

Training programs are run over 2 days including accommodation and meals. Accommodation will be in our self contained Cabins & Bungalows located in our peaceful natural bush land setting.

Nestled in a bush setting next to giant sand dunes stretching 32km and 1.2km wide. The Retreat is the perfect sanctuary offering the ultimate location to relax and get back to nature.

Located in Anna Bay, Port Stephens NSW with the local shops just a 2 minute drive from our property. We are central to all the activities and attractions that Port Stephens has to offer.

With a secluded and peaceful natural bush setting. Our private 1.5 hectare property offers a range self contained cabins and on site activities. The  property offers a sense of space and privacy.


While each Module is focused upon connecting and linking Digital Technologies & STEM/STEAM Design Thinking, the first two modules will focus on hands on exploration along with K-8 integration of Digital Technologies across the curriculum.

  • Module 1 will also emphasise a hands on explorative approach to Digital Technologies supporting teachers learning about which digital technologies resources may suit their own teaching styles and needs. This explorative approach will assist teachers and schools to determine future School based and or Departmental resourcing choices;
  • Module 2 will take a look at the ‘nature’ of the syllabus and its’ relevance to 21st Century Pedagogies, including the role of creative and critical thinking in the classroom;
  • Module 3 will target concepts such as Project Based Learning, STEM and Makerspace Design Thinking processes, exploring practical activities and ideas linked to these focuses across the curriculum.

2 Day stem courses for teachers located in NSW are available at The Retreat Port Stephens. Digital Technologies, Planning & Programming for STEM teaching.