Why maths?

Jeff, Jim and Dan attended the Australian Association of Maths teachers annual conference to deliver a paper on STEMfit. It was met with enthusiasum and a number of followup meetings ensued. The presentation itself was a heady mix of education, sports science and wearables with plenty of ‘red herrings’ and discussion throughout the presentation. Interruptions were welcomed and allowed a free flow of ideas of where STEMfit is heading in the future.

Utilising wearable technology and sports sciences to engage students in STEM activities

James B Lee,1Jeff Parker2& Daniel A. James1

1 Exercise and Sports Science, College of Health and Human Sciences, Charles Darwin University, Australia

2. Department of Education, Northern Territory, Australia

Abstract:

Student engagement in STEM learning activities has been flagged as a major barrier to active learning in the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at primary and secondary levels. This paper presents the results of utilising wearable technologies in field-based class activities to engage more directly in 

Wearable technology is increasingly utilised in assessing sporting performance at elite levels and more recently has found popularity with the general population, including school aged children. in this study wearable technology was applied to a custom developed education program as a multifaceted approach by developing the technology for suitability in a schooling and education context. Children have been shown to learn more effectively if they can relate to what is being taught. In this approach children created their own data using body worn wearable sensors which were then subsequently investigated in the classroom. 

The levels of engagement and self-directed enquiry in the test cohort demonstrate that this novel approach can foster critical and creative thinking while exposing children to new technology. Further the technology is well suited to vertical integration and has the capability to be applied across all teaching ages. 

Utilising wearable technology and sports sciences to engage students in STEM activities

Why Maths? Inspiration beyond the Classroom, pp9 2019, Australian Association of Maths Teachers, Brisbane, Australia

The science behind STEMfit and our new book

Some time back Jim, Dan and Keane put together a book on using wearing sensors in sport. It was for them the culmination of decades of work in the discipline, publishing several hundred papers on the topic in scientific articles.

This book was a little bit different though and intended to reach into the community in a more practical way, with explanations around the theory of the technology, how to do good sports science and some examples along the way two.

The book

Wearable Sensors in Sport: A Practical Guide to Usage and Implementation

was published by Springer Nature and has been quite well received

Anyways don’t take our word for it, checkout what Julian from Sports Technology Blog had to say on New Book: Wearable Sensors In Sport on sportstechnologyblog.com

We like to think of it as the secret sauce behind STEMfit!

Welcome to new teachers

One of the great things about a partnership with the NT Education department is the chance to share what we have been working on. Earlier this month we were invited to speak to teachers just beginning their journey in the NT Education department.

Jeff and Jim shared our STEMfit concept , too much intrest. Good luck with your first year out there guys…we are looking forward to working with you in the future.

STEMfit-teacher summmit

STEM, a new language

jump-reach computer-measure

There is a lot going on in the classroom, STEM skills often represent a whole new language and without out context its challenging to learn. This is where sport can be so useful, its as close to a universal language you can get. Its gives context and meaning to human activity, joining the dots with STEM skills to understand how we move is an exciting way to harness this intrest in out bodies.

For many of our students English is also a second language too, so thats another language to add to the mix, luckily we can can all have a good time in the playground to establish rapport and meaning to the classroom experience