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Lumineer Expeditions are STEM workshops that develop a love for science and technology that is fun, playful, human, and ethical.

Lumineer Expeditions

Marker Williamstown, Australia
Lumineer Expeditions are hands-on workshops where children get to dream up fantastical ideas and make them in our makerspace, purpose built and designed for kids. We teach STEM playfully and joyfully, and in a human and social context. We empower children with the tools and knowledge to invent, design, and construct new innovations, grounded by consideration for ethics and human well being.
Introduction

Why do we need to teach STEM holistically?

“Our future world needs to be built and architected by leaders who not only have the STEM skills to invent and build, but are also empathetic, and as fluent in emotional intelligence as cognitive intelligence.”

Shane Hunt, STEM team lead, Lumineer Academy and Lumineer Expeditions

In 2018, teaching STEM as part of core curriculum is table stakes. What comes next?

Our work in education is to shape human beings who go on to shape society. We care about structural innovation – innovation that leads to greater capacity for emotional and cognitive understanding of ourselves, how we construct society, and leads to more equitable distribution of and access to resources.

It’s clear that by now, all schools should be incorporating STEM and coding education as a fundamental part of their curriculum. By now, these subjects are just mere table stakes. 

We should be talking about what’s next. Beyond learning the basic tools of programming, scientific hypothesis, probability and statistics, engineering, etc. children should be learning how to synthesize STEM, SEL, and humanities holistically. 

Not only should students be able to engineer and make, they should also be able to understand the human and societal context in which these tools and systems interoperate.  

We teach STEM as part of a foundational whole, that underpins all learning and making, rather than as silo’ed subjects. For example, when we teach robotics, we integrate the overall context of computational data, computer science, design, human rights, ethics, civics, algorithm design – into a cohesive whole. When we teach about the extraordinary capabilities 

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5 - 12
Age Group
2018
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Resources Needed
We are happy to share our lesson plans and curriculum documents with you. For an overview of some of our current workshops, please visit our web site: http://www.luminaria.org/expeditions/
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Learn how to construct holistic STEM workshops
Learn how you can construct STEM workshops that integrate STEM skills development within a framework that incorporates ethics, humanities, social and emotional development, and empathy for human well being.
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Cultivate human empathy by working through a design process
Oft times, STEM skills are taught in silos, as standalone subjects, or they're taught within the frame of Project Based Learning, but not grounded enough in real world human problem solving. Consider working through a design process framework to cultivate empathy for authentic human problem solving.
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Visit Us for an Educator Tour
Come and visit our program, Lumineer Expeditions, just outside of Melbourne, Australia. During our Educator workshops, we introduce you to first principles and design thinking. If you'd like to come visit, please let us know by signing up here: http://www.lumineer.edu.au/visit/
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Susan Wu
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