Podcast: The Science and Engineering Challenge


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The Science and Engineering Challenge

The Science and Engineering Challenge


Challenging students Australia-wide to expand their creativity!
Listen to Dr Terry Burns as he describes why science & engineering challenges help students prepare to work collaboratively and creatively in real-world environments.

About the Science and Engineering Challenge

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The Science and Engineering Challenge provides a pathway of memorable and fun experiences for young people during their years at school, through University and into the STEM workforce. The SEC closes the loop by providing training and resources for current preschool to year 12 teachers and encouraging young people to consider a future career as a STEM teacher. The SEC runs a range of programs but focuses on inspiring students in year 10 to consider a future career in science and engineering by choosing to study the enabling sciences and mathematics in years 11 and 12.


About Terry Burns

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Terry Burns is a professional science communicator from the University of Newcastle, Australia. He is Director of the Science and Engineering Challenge (SEC), a national STEM outreach program that aims to inspire more young people into science and engineering careers. The SEC is recognised as an exemplar in holistic, hands-on STEM outreach and community engagement.

Terry founded the popular SMART program in 1998, and is course coordinator of the online general elective course SCIT2100, Science and Professional Communication. He has won awards in science communication, leadership and work integrated learning. Terry has TAFE and University qualifications in Engineering and a PhD in science communication. He travels extensively around Australia facilitating, collaborating, speaking and running STEM outreach events. He is very passionate about what he does!

About the FizzicsEd Podcast

With interviews with leading science educators and STEM thought leaders, this science education podcast is about highlighting different ways of teaching kids within and beyond the classroom. It’s not just about educational practice & pedagogy, it’s about inspiring new ideas &

challenging conventions of how students can learn about their world!

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